Joint statement of the Spokespersons of the EU High Representative/Vice-President and of the US Department of State on the EU mediation

After nearly six months of negotiations, the citizens of Georgia have made clear that they want the political crisis to end, and for all elected Members to work together in Parliament and address the serious challenges facing the country, including the regional challenges, COVID, and the economic crisis. With this in mind, the European Union ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on Russia

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, folks.  Thanks for coming over. Good afternoon, everyone.  Earlier this week, I spoke with President Putin of Russia about the nature of our relationship — the relationship between our two countries.  And I was candid and respectful; the conversation was candid and respectful. Two great powers with significant responsibility for global stability.  ... Read More»

Holding Russia To Account

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, we announced actions to hold the Russian Government to account for the SolarWinds intrusion, reports of bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and attempts to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections. We have engaged Russian authorities to share our concerns about their actions and the steps we are ... Read More»

Ambassador’s remarks to media at Agriculture panel discussion in Udabno

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Udabno (April 12) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I think we have seen that Georgia has a lot to offer the tourism sector in general, especially in the rural communities and in agro-tourism in particular, and I think this is a wonderful example of it. The ... Read More»

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Situation Along Ukraine’s Borders

The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text: We, the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Attack on Formula TV Employees

The U.S. Embassy condemns the attacks on Formula TV employees last night, including an assault and an act of vandalism. This follows the beating of Formula journalist Vakho Sanaia in February. We urge the authorities to conduct swift, thorough and impartial investigations into these incidents. Attacks against journalists are unacceptable. Journalists in a democracy must ... Read More»

Biden is committed to NASA’s Artemis program for the moon and beyond

President Biden is committed to NASA’s multilateral mission to return to the moon and send astronauts to Mars. “Through the Artemis program, the United States government will work with industry and international partners to send astronauts to the surface of the moon,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said February 4, announcing the Biden administration’s ... Read More»

US Embassy Statement on deaths of Georgians crossing the ABL

The U.S. Embassy extends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the Georgians who died yesterday attempting to the cross the Enguri River, and to all of those who are suffering during the humanitarian crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic and restricted movement across the Abkhazia administrative boundary line. We appreciate the United Nations’ ... Read More»

Waivers for CDC pre-flight testing

Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals – or ... Read More»

COVID-19 Information for Georgia

COVID-19 Information for Georgia Last Updated: April 7, 2021 ***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq. Begin Text: The delegation of the Republic of Iraq, led by Dr. Fuad Hussein, Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the delegation of the United States Government, led by Secretary of State Antony ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s comments after meeting with Minister of Economy Turnva

This was an excellent opportunity to discuss the importance of diversifying Georgia’s energy market.  Georgia’s energy security is so important, but it depends on having a diverse and well-developed energy market.  I think there needs to be good dialogue with communities that are impacted by different energy projects, and that is the basis for one ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden Marking the 150 Millionth COVID-19 Vaccine Shot

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everyone.  I just visited a vaccination clinic in Virginia, at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. The seminary and other houses of worship in the area are partnering with the community health centers to offer vaccination and vaccination sites.  They’re seeing these kinds of partnerships where — and not just ... Read More»

U.S. and international partners target Beijing’s Uyghur oppression

The United States and international partners are imposing sanctions against senior People’s Republic of China officials for serious human rights abuses against Uyghurs in Xinjiang. On March 22, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the Global Magnitsky sanctions issued in concert with Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union against top officials with two ... Read More»

Get to know 5 notable Arab Americans

Arab Americans have long made outsized contributions to American society, whether in the area of science,  politics , the arts or other disciplines. The  2019 American Community Survey  shows an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States reported Arab ancestry. The largest group is of Lebanese ancestry, but others claim Yemeni, Algerian, Saudi Arabian, Tunisian, Kuwaiti, Libyan, Kurdish or ... Read More»

U.S. and partners seek to deter human rights violations

The United States is working with international partners to defend human rights worldwide as authoritarian regimes step up repression amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Standing for people’s freedom and dignity honors America’s most sacred values,” Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said March 30, announcing the release of the  2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices . “At our best, we stand for ... Read More»

2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Georgia

Executive Summary ANNOUNCEMENT: The Department of State will release an addendum to this report in mid 2021 that expands the subsection on Women in Section 6 to include a broader range of issues related to reproductive rights.​ Georgia’s constitution provides for an executive branch that reports to the prime minister, a unicameral parliament, and a separate ... Read More»

Who is in Biden’s Cabinet? [infographic]

By  Helen Efrem When the president’s Cabinet meets, its members sit around a mahogany conference table. The president sits at the center of the right side of the table, and the vice president sits opposite him. From administration to administration, there is some variation in who sits at the table, based on positions that are given Cabinet-level ... Read More»

Trans-Atlantic Webinar Features Educators on the Holocaust 

Teachers and community educators from 32 countries gathered virtually March 18 for the U.S. Department of State’s second in a series of international webinars on Holocaust education. The session, entitled “Trans-Atlantic Dialogues II: Teaching the Holocaust in Challenging Times,” was hosted by U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Cherrie Daniels in cooperation with the United ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken On Release of the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. MR PRICE:  Good afternoon.  Today I have the privilege of welcoming back to the press briefing room Secretary Blinken.  It’s especially a privilege today because the Secretary, as you know, is here to unveil the  2020 Human Rights Report . Secretary Blinken will have a statement; he’ll take ... Read More»

Who names NASA’s Mars rovers?

When NASA engineers need a name for a robotic Mars “rover,” they know where to find creativity. They turn to America’s young people. More than 28,000 students — from kindergarten through 12th grade — submitted names for the rover that landed on Mars last month. It was Alex Mather, a Virginia seventh-grader, who won the ... Read More»

Barbara Watson paved the way for women and Black diplomats

By Noelani Kirschner Diplomat Barbara Watson achieved historic firsts during her time at the State Department. But firsts were familiar in her family. Watson was the child of New York’s first elected Black judge, James S. Watson, and Violet Lopez Watson, a founder of the National Council of Negro Women. Watson’s cousin Colin L. Powell ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the UN Security Council Briefing and Consultations on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SECRETARY BLINKEN:  (In progress) and thank you, Dr. Ballour, both for the lifesaving service you performed for your fellow Syrians amidst the most harrowing circumstances, and for your powerful, determined efforts to bring the experiences of the Syrian people to the world – and to push for their rights ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken To Release the 2020 Human Rights Report

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will deliver on-camera remarks on the release of the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, in the Press Briefing Room at the U.S. Department of State. Acting Assistant Secretary Lisa Peterson of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor will take ... Read More»

Briefing with Acting Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS John Godfrey On U.S. Participation in the Upcoming D-ISIS Ministerial

MR PRICE:  Good afternoon, everyone.  I apologize we’re running a couple minutes late here but thank you for joining us as we discuss tomorrow’s virtual meeting of the foreign ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Small Group.  The meeting, as you know, will be co-hosted by Secretary Blinken and his Belgian counterpart, Deputy ... Read More»

Joint Statement by Secretary Blinken and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Borrell

Joint Statement by the Secretary of State of the United States of America and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/ Vice President of the European Commission MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 24, 2021 The following statement was released by United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and the EU High Representative for ... Read More»

Senators Shaheen & Johnson Reaffirm Bipartisan Commitment in Congress in Support of Georgia’s Democracy

March 24, 2021 (Washington, DC) – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) – a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Chair of the SFRC Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation – and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), the subcommittee’s ranking member, held a hearing on bolstering democracy in Georgia in light of the ... Read More»

Black women who changed our world

Many of the modern conveniences we rely on each day come from the accomplishments of African American women. Black women inventors helped shaped the way we watch movies, conduct online meetings, and even heat and secure our homes. They succeeded in developing new technologies despite obstacles, such as resistance to developing their products and other ... Read More»

Testimony by Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent

Testimony by Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Kara McDonald Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation  Hearing on “Bolstering Democracy in Georgia” March 23, 2021 Mr. George Kent DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State Washington , D.C. DOWNLOAD TESTIMONY (PDF- 294 KB) Read More»

Statement by President Biden on Turkey’s Withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention

Turkey’s sudden and unwarranted withdrawal from the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, better known as the Istanbul Convention, is deeply disappointing. Around the world, we are seeing increases in the number of domestic violence incidents, including reports of rising femicide in Turkey, the first nation to ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: U.S. Efforts to Combat Systemic Racism

“The prevalence, and pervasiveness, of racial discrimination might make the situation look hopeless, but we remain hopeful. Let us expose the racism and racial discrimination endemic to every society, around the globe. Let us press forward, to root out that discrimination and remove the rot from our foundations. And on this day dedicated to ending ... Read More»

Statement by President Biden on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

One of the core values and beliefs that should bring us together as Americans is standing against hate and racism, even as we acknowledge that systemic racism and white supremacy are ugly poisons that have long plagued the United States. We must change the laws that enable discrimination in our country, and we must change ... Read More»

Nowruz Message

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On behalf of the State Department, I would like to extend my best wishes for a Happy Nowruz to everyone around the world who celebrates this festive occasion: from the people in Iran and the Middle East, to Europe, the Caucasus, Central and South Asia, and the Americas. Marking ... Read More»

Online Nowruz connects Americans to the world

Millions of Americans will celebrate the Persian New Year, Nowruz, on March 20. Nowruz welcomes the arrival of spring, coinciding with the vernal equinox (when the sun moves across the Earth’s equator, evenly splitting daytime and nighttime hours). The celebration originated in ancient Persia, but it has also been observed by diverse communities in Central ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Near Mukhran Machavariani Street, on the way to BIST and Lisi Lake, Tbilisi, Georgia Event:   Reports of the earth cracking and shifting near Mukhran Machavariani Street raise the potential for a landslide. The area, on the way to the British International School of Tbilisi (BIST) and Lisi Lake, is extremely hazardous.  U.S. government personnel are ... Read More»

Nord Stream 2 and Potential Sanctionable Activity

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE As the President has said, Nord Stream 2 is a bad deal — for Germany, for Ukraine, and for our Central and Eastern European allies and partners.  The Department is tracking efforts to complete the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and is evaluating information regarding entities that appear to be ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Extended “Troika” on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Russia, China, and Pakistan on the occasion of the Extended “Troika” on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan. Begin Text: On March 18, 2021, Moscow hosted a regular meeting of the extended “Troika” comprising representatives of ... Read More»

Joint Statement of U.S. Army Europe and Africa and the Georgian Ministry of Defense

As part of the United States’ commitment to strengthening the Georgian Defense Forces (GDF), Gen. Christopher Cavoli, the U.S. Army Europe and Africa Commanding General, made an official visit to Tbilisi. Minister of Defense Juansher Burchuladze welcomed Gen. Cavoli March 15-17 and reaffirmed the shared commitment to security cooperation. The visit provided an opportunity for ... Read More»

Report: Governments target critics during COVID-19

After criticizing the Venezuelan government’s response to COVID-19 in April, human rights lawyer Iván Virgüez was arrested and tortured by the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro. Chinese reporter Zhang Zhan traveled to Wuhan, China, in February 2020 to report on the city’s coronavirus outbreak and was later sentenced to four years in prison. The journalist’s ... Read More»

Biden: Quad partners boosting COVID-19 vaccine production in India

By Leigh Hartman The United States and Quad partner nations are  ramping up production  of U.S.-developed vaccines in India to strengthen vaccination efforts across the Indo-Pacific. President Biden announced the vaccine partnership plan March 12 at the outset of the first leaders’ summit of the Quad, a partnership between the United States, India, Japan and Australia. We’re “launching an ambitious ... Read More»

China targets Uyghurs with sham trials, long sentences

The People’s Republic of China is stepping up baseless prosecutions of Uyghur and other Muslim minorities, sentencing innocent people to years in prison, a new report says. In a February 24 report, Human Rights Watch says that the PRC’s judicial system in Xinjiang has sentenced 250,000 Uyghur and other ethnic minorities to prison, and that ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on the Events at TV Pirveli

We are watching closely developments at TV Pirveli, in particular the interactions between law enforcement and members of the media. The balanced, impartial application of the rule of law and the right of journalists to safeguard their sources – a fundamental principle of media freedom — must remain priorities as this investigation is conducted. Both ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on the Anniversary of the COVID-19 Shutdown

East Room 8:01 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Good evening, my fellow Americans. Tonight, I’d like to talk to you about where we are as we mark one year since everything stopped because of this pandemic. A year ago, we were hit with a virus that was met with silence and spread unchecked. Denials for days, ... Read More»

The 10th Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Ten years ago, Japan suffered unimaginable tragedy following the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident on March 11, 2011. The United States stands in solidarity with Japan to remember those lost and still missing, and to honor the resilience of the Japanese people who rebuilt their homes, their livelihoods, and their ... Read More»

Designation of Iranian Officials Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, we made clear our concerns about the abuses the Iranian government continues to perpetrate against its citizens, including the unjust detention of far too many in deplorable conditions.  The United States is committed to promoting accountability for those responsible for such actions.  Therefore, I am announcing the designation of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) interrogators Ali Hemmatian and ... Read More»

Katalin Karikó’s research led to COVID-19 vaccines

By Lauren Monsen For more than 40 years, biochemist Katalin Karikó researched synthetic messenger RNA (ribonucleic acid), or mRNA — a genetic code. Her path was not easy. She left her native Hungary in 1985 and settled in Philadelphia with her husband and 2-year-old daughter. But while she landed teaching positions, her grant applications to ... Read More»

International partners empower NASA’s mission on Mars

By Leigh Hartman When NASA’s Perseverance rover searches Mars for signs of ancient life it uses technology from partner nations across Europe. The 2,260-pound (1,025-kilogram) rover is armed with imaging and sensor equipment from France, Italy, Spain and Norway. “It’s on a mission of exploration, with elements contributed by our European partners to seek evidence ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards Ceremony

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MS FOTOVAT:  Good morning.  My name is Kat Fotovat, and I am the senior official for the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues here at the State Department.  It is my pleasure to welcome both our in-person and virtual audience to the 15th Annual Secretary of State’s International Women ... Read More»

Celebrating International Women’s Day

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Every year on March 8th, the United States joins the world in recognizing International Women’s Day by celebrating the leadership, strength, and courage of women and girls. The United States recognizes the reality that the equitable participation of women in social, political, and economic life is critical to the ... Read More»

United States Embassy Statement on the Release of the OSCE/ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission Final Report

The United States welcomes the release of the OSCE/ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission Final Report. The report underscores the continued need for important reforms, particularly in the areas of campaign finance, electoral administration compositions, and dispute resolution. The United States shares these concerns, and urges Parliament to continue a deliberative and inclusive reform process that ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at University of Georgia

Question about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This is a great example of a long history of cooperation between the United States and Georgia on science and technology. I think the NASA involvement with the Nova Foundation and with this university and with Georgia goes back a long way, and to hear the Chakrulo song ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy donates supplies to State Laboratory of Agriculture

Over the past year, the United States has provided more than $7 million in assistance to help Georgia fight the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure the government continues delivering essential services to the people of Georgia. Yesterday, our new Deputy Chief of Mission, Rian Harris, helped the U.S. Embassy’s Defense Threat Reduction Office deliver personal protective ... Read More»

Meet 6 women pioneers of American diplomacy

The United States has been sending diplomats around the world since the 18th century. For the last 100 years women diplomats have been among them. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has emphasized that diversity and inclusion is a priority of the Biden administration. “Diversity and inclusion make us stronger, smarter, more creative and more ... Read More»

Blinken: America will lead with our values

The United States will embrace its role as a world leader and rally international partners to take on pressing global challenges. In his first major speech, March 3, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Biden administration’s foreign policy will reflect American values, including a commitment to democracy, human rights and the rule of ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden in a Call to Congratulate the NASA JPL Perseverance Team on the Successful Mars Landing

5:04 P.M. EST DR. WATKINS:  Mr. President? THE PRESIDENT:  Yes. DR. WATKINS:  This is Mike Watkins at JPL. THE PRESIDENT:  Hey, Mike.  How are ya? DR. WATKINS:  I want to thank you so much.  We are very well, especially after the — after February 18th. THE PRESIDENT:  I tell you what: You did an incredible ... Read More»

World Wildlife Day

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On this World Wildlife Day, we recognize the importance of the world’s forests, which are home to 80 percent of the globe’s terrestrial biodiversity and contribute to the livelihoods of over one billion people.  They also absorb nearly a third of all the planet-warming carbon dioxide emitted globally each ... Read More»

Inventive COVID-19 mask designs come from U.S. universities

By Michael Laff Innovators on U.S. campuses are fighting COVID-19 by creating masks that detect and protect against the virus that causes it as well as by making breathing through masks and testing easier. Color-changing coronavirus sensors Researchers at the University of California, San Diego developed sensors that can be placed on any mask to determine if ... Read More»

Imposing Sanctions on Russia for the Poisoning and Imprisonment of Aleksey Navalny

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States joins the European Union in condemning and responding to the Russian Federation’s use of a chemical weapon in the attempted assassination of Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny in August 2020 and his subsequent imprisonment in January 2021.  We share the EU’s concerns regarding Russia’s deepening authoritarianism and ... Read More»

How NASA fights climate change from space

By Leigh Hartman The U.S. agency that explores outer space is aiding the global fight against climate change. With more than two dozen satellites and other measuring tools, NASA collects massive amounts of environmental data on everything from air pollution to global temperatures. Scientists use that information to better understand climate change and how to slow it. ... Read More»

Women in politics: A timeline

March is Women’s History Month. Here’s a look at political milestones for U.S. women. 1851–1920. Women’s suffrage started out as an anti-slavery movement, with Elizabeth Cady Stanton (right) and Susan B. Anthony leading the way. Women got the vote in 1920. Getting elected to Congress   1916. Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to Congress. Representing ... Read More»

U.S. Sanctions and Other Measures Imposed on Russia in Response to Russia’s Use of Chemical Weapons

CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS ACT SANCTIONS Today, the Secretary of State determined that the Government of the Russian Federation has used a chemical weapon against its own nationals, in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.  As a result, the following sanctions will be imposed (full or partial waivers are noted below) after the 15-day Congressional ... Read More»

60th Anniversary of the Peace Corps 

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, we mark the 60th anniversary of the United States Peace Corps and celebrate the volunteers and staff who have served in communities around the world, representing American values and ideals.  Established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, the Peace Corps showcases America at its best and the ... Read More»

Six remarkable women honored posthumously

By  Lenore T. Adkins The National Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted six trailblazing Black women into its unique sisterhood, recognizing their contributions at the Seneca Falls, New York, birthplace of the American women’s rights movement. Its new Virtual Induction Series  celebrates underrepresented women of achievement. It does this by posthumously recognizing marginalized women who were overlooked during their lifetimes or died before ... Read More»

Briefing with Consular Affairs Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services Julie M. Stufft on the Current Status of Immigrant Visa Processing

SPECIAL BRIEFING JULIE M. STUFFT, CONSULAR AFFAIRS ACTING DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR VISA SERVICES VIA TELECONFERENCE MR PRICE:  Good morning, everyone, and thanks for joining us for this briefing to discuss the current status of immigrant visa processing at our embassies and consulates around the world, especially given the recent recission of Presidential Proclamation 10014.  ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on Emergency Use Authorization of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Today, after a rigorous, open, and objective scientific review process, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for a third safe and effective vaccine to help us defeat the COVID-19 pandemic — the Janssen COVID-19 (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. This is exciting news for all Americans, and an encouraging development in our ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden at an Event Commemorating the 50 Millionth COVID-19 Vaccine Shot

South Court Auditorium Eisenhower Executive Office Building 3:19 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you all.  Dr. Fauci, thanks for your leadership, thanks for being here. Two weeks ago, I spent some time with you and Dr. Francis Collins — excuse me — the Director of the National Institute of Health, at NIH, and gave ... Read More»

Religious Freedom Concerns in Russia

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON We are disturbed by reports that a Russian court sentenced Valentina Baranovskaya and her son, Roman Baranovsky, to terms of two and six years in a Russian penal colony, respectively, simply for being practicing Jehovah’s Witnesses.  The sentencing of Valentina, a 69-year-old stroke victim, is particularly cruel.  It also marks the first ... Read More»

Crimea is Ukraine

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States joins Ukraine in marking the seventh anniversary of Russia’s invasion and seizure of Crimea — a brazen affront to the modern international order.  We affirm this basic truth: Crimea is Ukraine. Russia’s occupation and increasing militarization of the Crimean Peninsula have implications far beyond Ukraine’s borders, ... Read More»

How does Senate confirmation work?

By  Mark Trainer Whenever a U.S. president nominates someone to fill a position in his administration — whether it’s just after the election or another time during his term in office — that nominee’s appointment must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Somewhere between 1,200 and 1,400 government positions require confirmation. While many confirmation hearings take place ... Read More»

Black Americans elevated education, fought racism

Ted DeLaney arrived at Washington and Lee University as a janitor. By the time he left, he’d been chairman of its history department. DeLaney’s story is extraordinary, but his path is one shared by millions of Black Americans: Overcome prejudice, seize new opportunities, and contribute to your community and your nation. DeLaney was born and ... Read More»

Putting Human Rights at the Center of U.S. Foreign Policy

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is committed to a world in which human rights are protected, their defenders are celebrated, and those who commit human rights abuses are held accountable. Promoting respect for human rights is not something we can do alone, but is best accomplished working with our allies and ... Read More»

National Museum of African American Music debuts in Nashville

By Noelani KirschnerSherry L. Brukbacher The history of Black American music in the United States spans four centuries, and now there’s a museum to honor that legacy. The  National Museum of African American Music  (NMAAM), which opened January 30 in Nashville,  Tennessee , calls itself “the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced and inspired by African Americans.” Divided ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia (#2 on February 23, 2021)   Location: State Chancellery building near Freedom Square, Tbilisi Event:  A demonstration is scheduled for 3:00 PM today (February 23) at the State Chancellery building near Freedom Square in downtown Tbilisi. U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid the area as there is ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States Embassy is deeply concerned by the government’s decision to detain the head of a major opposition political party at the party’s headquarters this morning. We regret that the call of the United States and other international partners for restraint and dialogue was ignored. We are dismayed by the polarizing rhetoric from Georgia’s ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Kakheti Highway near Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  Georgian police are conducting an operation at the United National Movement political party headquarters on Kakheti Highway (main route to the airport) on the outskirts of Tbilisi. Police have blocked the main highway and surrounding roads. U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid the area as there is a ... Read More»

Arrest of Opposition Members in Georgia

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States is deeply troubled by the arrest of opposition leader Nika Melia and other members of the opposition in Georgia. Polarizing rhetoric, force and aggression are not the solution to Georgia’s political differences. We call on all sides to avoid actions that could further escalate tensions and to engage ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on the More Than 500,000 American Lives Lost to COVID-19

THE PRESIDENT:  Each day, I receive a small card in my pocket that I carry with me in my schedule.  It shows the number of Americans who have been infected by or died from COVID-19.  Today, we mark a truly grim, heartbreaking milestone: 500,071 dead.  That’s more Americans who have died in one year in ... Read More»

Biden: U.S. will work with democratic partners

President Biden says the United States will stand with its European allies and other international partners to confront the world’s most pressing problems. Speaking to the Munich Security Conference February 19 , Biden hailed strong partnerships between free nations as the foundation for countering rising global challenges. He affirmed the United States will partner with its North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on the 100th Anniversary of Georgia’s First Constitution

Congratulations to the people of Georgia on the anniversary of your first constitution.   Georgia’s first constitution was an important step in a century-long commitment to joining the community of Western democracies.   You are right to be proud of this constitution, which was one of the most progressive in the world at the time it was ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden at Pfizer Manufacturing Site

Pfizer Kalamazoo Manufacturing Site Kalamazoo, Michigan 3:24 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Albert, thank you very much.  Thank you not only for what you do for the — the credit you give me that I really don’t deserve.  This is — this is a case of life and death.  We’re talking about people’s lives. I want ... Read More»

The United States Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF S TATE On January 20, on his first day in office, President Biden signed the instrument to bring the United States back into the Paris Agreement. Per the terms of the Agreement, the United States officially becomes a Party again today. The Paris Agreement is an unprecedented framework for global action. We know because we helped ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Nika Melia

The U.S. Embassy appreciates the restraint shown by the authorities and the opposition in responding to the events surrounding the Melia case. It is imperative that all those involved commit to de-escalating the current tensions so that a way forward can be agreed upon. The United States remains willing to help facilitate constructive dialogue in ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Tbilisi and around Georgia Event:  Unplanned protests could arise in response to developments regarding the Prime Minister’s resignation and the possibility that the United National Movement opposition party chair could be detained.  While the Embassy is unaware of any scheduled demonstrations in connection with these developments, unannounced gatherings in reaction to these events may take ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The current dangerous situation following the Melia ruling stems from decades-long problems with the electoral system and the judicial system. It is imperative the authorities and opposition exercise maximum restraint this morning. The way to address the important issues at stake is through peaceful negotiation. We urge all involved to remain calm and avoid violence. Read More»

Political Developments in Georgia

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States is deeply concerned by recent political developments in Georgia. We call on all parties to exercise restraint and avoid any actions or rhetoric that could escalate tensions or result in violence. We urge the Georgian government to act in line with its Euro-Atlantic aspirations and to reinforce its commitment to the principles of ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks to the UN Security Council Briefing on COVID-19 and Vaccine Access

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FOREIGN SECRETARY RAAB:  Thank you, Your Excellency Mr. Jerandi, for your contribution.  And I now give the floor to His Excellency Mr. Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State for the United States.  Over to you, sir. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Dominic, thank you very much, and it’s very good to be ... Read More»

African American trailblazers in diplomacy

African Americans’ contributions to U.S. diplomacy began in the late 19th century, when abolitionists Ebenezer Bassett and, later, Frederick Douglass were appointed as chiefs of mission to  Haiti  and the Dominican Republic. Since then,  African American diplomats  have served with distinction all over the world. Ralph Bunche was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950 for negotiating an Arab-Israeli ... Read More»

Statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Cases of Ebola

Infectious diseases are transnational health and national security threats. While the world is reeling from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Ebola has again emerged, simultaneously, in both Central and West Africa.  The world cannot afford to turn the other way.  We must do everything in our power to respond quickly, effectively, and with commensurate resources to ... Read More»

Why freedom of the press is important [video]

Freedom of the press is an essential right in the United States and a core principle of democracy. Protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,  a free press helps maintain the balance of power in government . Numerous journalists worldwide have been killed while working to fulfill their essential role in free and open societies. Watch this video to learn more about how other ... Read More»

Percy Julian: Revolutionary inventor, grandchild of slaves

Where many saw a bean, Percy Julian saw an entire laboratory. A synthetic chemist, Julian derived medical compounds from substances in plants. From the Calabar bean, he obtained a treatment for glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness among the elderly. His work with soybeans supported everything from hydrocortisone shots to treat arthritis to fire retardant ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Dighomi/Zurgovani areas, Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  The U.S. Embassy is aware of a few suspicious incidents in the Dighomi and Zurgovani areas over the last month.  These incidents involved unknown individuals asking young females to get into their vehicles.  In one case, the police conducted an investigation.  These incidents are good reminders that U.S. citizens in ... Read More»

Rocket Attacks in Erbil

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE We are outraged by today’s rocket attack in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. Initial reports indicate that the attacks killed one civilian contractor and injured several members of the Coalition, including one American service member and several American contractors. We express our condolences to the loved ones of the civilian ... Read More»

Georgian and U.S. soldiers participated in a live fire exercise

On 11 February 2021 at Vaziani training area, Georgian and U.S. soldiers participated in a live-fire exercise, using recently delivered 100 MK19 grenade launchers and 200 M2 machine guns. These NATO-interoperable weapons, fielded in units from the platoon to battalion level, are part of a larger, $18M effort to outfit the Georgian Defense Forces with ... Read More»

Black artists have always been an essential part of American culture

By Noelani Kirschner Black women in the arts have long formed the backbone of America’s cultural landscape. As Americans were reminded at President Biden’s inauguration, young Black artists such as poet  Amanda Gorman  are emerging and sharing their vision for the future with the world. For  Black History Month , we look at past and present defining figures in music, literature and ... Read More»

How Maduro has destroyed life inside Venezuela

By Noelani Kirschner The misrule, oppression and corruption of the illegitimate regime headed by Nicolás Maduro has caused widespread economic suffering and societal collapse in Venezuela. The 2019–2020 National Survey of Living Conditions (ENCOVI, for Encuesta Nacional de Condiciones de Vida) — published by researchers at Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas — details how basic infrastructure, ... Read More»

U.S. sanctions on Venezuela explained

By Noelani Kirschner Since 2017, the U.S. has sanctioned people, businesses, and oil entities associated with the former Maduro regime, both inside and outside of Venezuela. Why are sanctions necessary and who actually feels their impact? U.S. sanctions are designed to ensure that Maduro and his cronies don’t profit from  illegal gold mining , state-operated oil operations, or other business ... Read More»

Advancing America’s long tradition of welcoming refugees

President Biden is ensuring the United States remains a safe haven for  refugees  and that those who apply to immigrate to the country under humanitarian programs are treated with dignity and respect. In a  February 4 executive order , Biden took steps to strengthen the  U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) , a collaboration between government and community groups that reflects America’s core value of taking ... Read More»

America advances GPS with new satellites

By Leigh Hartman Everyone from pizza delivery drivers to airline pilots and international shippers will soon have stronger and more reliable navigation systems thanks to the United States’ GPS overhaul. The U.S. Space Force and private sector partners on November 5  launched the fourth of 32 new satellites  as part of an update of GPS that will continue over the next decade and improve ... Read More»

Honoring America’s ‘First Lady of Physics’

The U.S. Postal Service is honoring a Chinese-American scientist for her significant contributions to nuclear physics, a field largely dominated by men. Born in China in 1912, Chien-Shiung Wu immigrated to the United States and became “one of the most influential American nuclear physicists of the 20th century,” the post office said  in a November statement  announcing plans to ... Read More»

Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials

MR. ZIENTS:  Thank you for joining us.  I’m Jeff Zients, White House COVID Coordinator.  I’m pleased to be joined today by Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, Chair of the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.  We’ve just completed our weekly call with governors from around the country who — where we provided updated on our efforts to ... Read More»

Exploring science with a new generation of girls

From mountaintops to the depths of the seas, American women scientists are tackling global problems. In the past, there were very few women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs, but today women hold nearly 3 in 10 of those jobs. The United Nations has designated February 11 the International Day of Women and ... Read More»

U.S. Decision to Reengage with the UN Human Rights Council

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The Biden administration has recommitted the United States to a foreign policy centered on democracy, human rights, and equality. Effective use of multilateral tools is an important element of that vision, and in that regard the President has instructed the Department of State to reengage immediately and robustly with ... Read More»

Statement of President Joe Biden on the Passing of Former Secretary George Shultz

Few people did as much to shape the trajectory of American diplomacy and American influence in the 20th century as George Shultz. He was a gentleman of honor and ideas, dedicated to public service and respectful debate, even into his 100th year on Earth. That’s why multiple presidents, of both political parties, sought his counsel. ... Read More»

Statement on the Death of Secretary George Shultz

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE George Shultz was a legend. As Secretary of State, he helped achieve the greatest geopolitical feat of the age: a peaceful end to the Cold War. He negotiated landmark arms control agreements with the Soviet Union and, after leaving office, continued to fight for a world free of nuclear weapons. He also urged serious action on the climate crisis at a time when too few leaders took that position. He was a visionary. An ardent champion of diplomacy, Secretary Shultz ... Read More»

Observance of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States in recent years has joined the international community on February 6 in observing the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). The United States remains committed to ending this egregious human rights abuse and supporting survivors of FGM/C, both at home and around the world. According to the United ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on the Sentencing of Zaza Gakheladze

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi condemns the sentencing of Georgian citizen Zaza Gakheladze to 12 years and six months in prison, after Russian-led security actors shot and detained him nearly seven months ago along the South Ossetia administrative boundary line.  We reiterate that the dangerous Russian actions taken to wound and detain Mr. Gakheladze would not have ... Read More»

Opening Ceremony of the Georgia Defense Readiness Program (GDRP) at Vaziani Military Base

On February 5, 2021, Brigadier General Joni Tatunashvili presided over the opening ceremony of the Georgia Defense Readiness Program (GDRP) at Vaziani Training Area.  GDRP, a three-month training, and readiness program, which includes unit-level training and live-fire exercises, will prepare the Georgian 22nd Infantry Battalion to conduct wartime missions in defense of their nation and ... Read More»

Biden: We will solve global challenges together

President Biden is vowing to strengthen America’s international relationships and tackle global challenges with the help of other nations. In a major foreign policy speech, Biden said the United States will work with the international community to tackle global challenges like the  COVID-19 pandemic  and  climate change , and to advance freedom and dignity for people around the world. “America’s ... Read More»

USS Donald Cook visits Georgia

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi is pleased to welcome USS Donald Cook back to Georgia.  Based in Rota, Spain, Donald Cook last visited Georgia in January 2019.  This visit reinforces the strong defense and security relationship between the United States and Georgia while demonstrating U.S. Navy readiness despite challenges posed by COVID-19. During this visit, the Georgian ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today. Secretary Blinken and Minister Lavrov discussed the New START extension and the need for new arms control that addresses all of Russia’s nuclear weapons and the growing threat from China. The Secretary reiterated ... Read More»

Biden sets course for new ‘fair, safe and orderly’ immigration system

President Biden signed three executive orders February 2 to reform the United States’ immigration system. These actions follow the  January 20 executive order  to end discriminatory immigration bans that affected a small group of countries, including some African and Muslim-majority countries. “This is about how America is safer, stronger, more prosperous when we have a fair, orderly, and humane, ... Read More»

U.S. Holocaust Museum teaches the warning signs of genocide

Ever since the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum opened its doors in 1993, its scholars have been educating visitors about the horrors of Nazi Germany’s genocide of European Jews (and other targeted victims) leading up to and during World War II. But the Washington-based museum also has another important mission: helping the general public — as ... Read More»

On the Extension of the New START Treaty with the Russian Federation

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE President Biden pledged to keep the American people safe from nuclear threats by restoring U.S. leadership on arms control and nonproliferation. Today, the United States took the first step toward making good on that pledge when it extended the  New START Treaty  with the Russian Federation for five years. Extending the New START Treaty ensures we have verifiable ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media Prior to Speaker Talakvadze’s Annual Report Presentation

Question about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: Gamarjoba, happy to be here at the start of a new year. I think we all know that this is going to be a challenging year for all of our countries. We are looking forward to continuing our close cooperation with Georgia – the government, civil society, the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Parliament’s Decision not to Terminate Mandates

Parliament’s decision not to terminate the mandates of opposition MPs is a positive step. It gives party leaders the opportunity to continue negotiating to find a solution in the coming days to the political impasse. I urge all party leaders to consider the full range of substantive proposals under discussion in the ongoing dialogue and ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan visits Maro Makashvili Wounded Warrior Rehabilitation Center

The Maro Makashvili Wounded Warrior Rehabilitation Center in Tserovani highlights more than just the bilateral relationship between the United States and Georgia. It exemplifies the commitment, courage, and vigilance of partners who train, fight, and serve together. Saluting our partner soldiers and especially their wounded warriors. Read More»

World Wetlands Day

February 2nd marks World Wetlands Day. The United States protects wetlands through restoration, rehabilitation, and re-establishment projects. These ecosystems are critically important for biodiversity, water quality, and flood control. The U.S. works with other countries to protect wetlands through the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, known as Ramsar for the city in Iran where ... Read More»

The Sentencing of Russian Opposition Figure Aleksey Navalny

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is deeply concerned by Russian authorities’ decision to sentence opposition figure Aleksey Navalny to two years and eight months imprisonment, replacing his suspended sentence with jail time. Like every Russian citizen, Mr. Navalny is entitled to the rights provided in the Russian constitution, and Russia has international obligations to respect equality before the ... Read More»

U.S. memorials honor civil rights hero Rosa Parks

The U.S. Air Force on December 1, 2020, the 65th anniversary of Parks’ 1955 protest, unveiled a sculpture of her at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, adding to an array of memorials that honor the civil rights icon, who died in 2005 at the age of 92. This year ShareAmerica is highlighting some of ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden On Black History Month

This February, during Black History Month, I call on the American people to honor the history and achievements of Black Americans and to reflect on the centuries of struggle that have brought us to this time of reckoning, redemption, and hope. We have never fully lived up to the founding principles of this nation that ... Read More»

National Freedom Day: Deepening Our Resolve to Fight Human Trafficking

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today marks National Freedom Day, a day that commemorates President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the joint resolution that established the Constitution’s 13th Amendment abolishing slavery in the United States.  It is a day when, thanks to the decades-long push of Richard R. Wright and his fellow civil rights advocates, we commemorate our dedication to the ... Read More»

Attacks on Civilians in Syria

The United States condemns the terrorist attacks this past weekend in Azaz, al-Bab, and Afrin that resulted in the deaths of at least 20 civilians, including children.  We extend our sincere condolences to the families of civilians killed and wish a quick recovery to those wounded in these despicable and senseless acts of violence. The ... Read More»

Biden takes bold steps to fight climate change

On January 20, his first day in office, President Biden signed papers to bring the United States back into the Paris Agreement. On January 27, he issued an executive order deepening  America’s commitment to combat the climate crisis . “We can’t wait any longer,” Biden said before signing the order. “We see it with our own eyes, we feel it, we know ... Read More»

Why science fairs matter in America

In the United States, high school science fairs are an important forum for students to explore what they’ve learned in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) while competing with their peers and flexing their creativity. Science fairs help students apply what they’ve learned in STEM subjects in an innovative way. The students start with their ... Read More»

Biden bolsters U.S. support for COVID-19 vaccinations abroad

By Leigh Hartman The United States is joining international efforts to ensure COVID-19 vaccines and treatments reach countries around the world. President Biden on January 21 directed the U.S. government to join the  COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility . The international initiative seeks to ensure equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccines and fairly distribute 2 billion doses of vaccine by the end ... Read More»

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today we pay tribute to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and reaffirm our commitment to oppose antisemitism, racism, and any other form of intolerance. January 27 marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945 by Soviet troops. It commemorates the genocide committed by the Nazi regime and its ... Read More»

DTRA donates vehicles to Georgian Border Police

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Proliferation Prevention Program delivered six troop carriers, two 6000 liter fuel trucks, and seven Suzuki off-road vehicles to the Georgia Border Police to increase mobility to the remote border sectors. The equipment will enhance personnel access and enable fuel re-supply to remote border sectors in all weather conditions throughout the ... Read More»

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Arrest and Detention of Alexey Navalny

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text: We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United ... Read More»

Briefing With Acting Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Brownlee And CDC Director for Global Migration and Quarantine Cetron On New COVID Testin

Briefing With Acting Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Ian Brownlee And CDC Director for Global Migration and Quarantine Marty Cetron On New COVID Testing Requirements for International Travelers   IAN G. BROWNLEE, ACTING ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF CONSULAR AFFAIRS MARTY CETRON, CDC DIRECTOR FOR GLOBAL MIGRATION AND QUARANTINE VIA TELECONFERENCE MR PRICE: Good afternoon, everyone. ... Read More»

United States Export Control and Border Security Program Recognizes Georgian Partners on International Customs Day

“Recovery, Renewal and Resilience for a sustainable supply chain,” reads the slogan of this year’s International Customs Day.  In that spirit, the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Export Control and Border Security celebrates its Georgian partners and the U.S.—Georgian strategic partnership. This year’s International Customs Day is dedicated to the united efforts of Customs to emerge ... Read More»

Biden prioritizes U.S. support for global COVID-19 response

By Leigh Hartman President Biden’s top priority is ridding the world of the COVID-19 pandemic. On his first full day in office, Biden issued a presidential directive making  global health security a top national security priority , as well as a  national strategy  (PDF, 24.6MB) for fighting COVID-19 and preventing future pandemics. “U.S. international engagement to combat COVID-19, promote health and advance global health security is urgent ... Read More»

The United States Condemns Attack on Saudi Arabia

The United States strongly condemns the latest attack on Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. We are gathering more information, but it appears to have been an attempt to target civilians. Such attacks contravene international law and undermine all efforts to promote peace and stability. As we work to de-escalate tensions in the region through principled diplomacy, including ... Read More»

The presidential Cabinet explained [video]

A new U.S. president carefully considers the people whom he nominates to join his Cabinet — his close partners in governing. Who are the men and women who make up this important group, and what do they do? The term “Cabinet” is never mentioned in the  U.S. Constitution , but the video explains where the term came ... Read More»

Negative COVID-19 Test Required for Travel to the United States Beginning January 26

The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remind all travelers that beginning tomorrow, January 26, all air passengers two years of age or older arriving to the United States must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding. This order applies ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Judgement of the European Court of Human Rights

In the state-to-state case of Georgia v. Russia on the 2008 Russia-Georgia War, the Court ruled clearly in favor of Georgia and found Russia responsible for violating multiple articles of the European Convention of Human Rights, including by detaining and torturing individuals, and denying Georgian citizens the right to return to their homes. The court ... Read More»

National Security Directive on United States Global Leadership to Strengthen International COVID-19 Response and to Advance Global Health

NATIONAL SECURITY DIRECTIVE – 1 SUBJECT: United States Global Leadership to Strengthen the International COVID-19 Response and to Advance Global Health Security and Biological Preparedness The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is a grave reminder that biological threats, whether naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate, can have significant and potentially existential consequences for humanity.  This directive ... Read More»

Readout of Vice President Harris’s Call with World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke by phone today with World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to discuss the decision by the United States to reverse its withdrawal from the WHO in one of the first acts following inauguration, fulfill its financial obligations, and work as a constructive partner to strengthen and reform ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Situation in Libya

The following joint statement was issued by the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Begin text: The Governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States welcome the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum’s (LPDF) vote in favor of the selection mechanism for a new interim ... Read More»

Terrorist Attacks in Baghdad

DANIEL B. SMITH, ACTING SECRETARY OF STATE We condemn in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attacks in Baghdad. The dual bombings killed at least 32 people and injured many more. They were vicious acts of mass murder and a sobering reminder of the terrorism that continues to threaten the lives of innocent Iraqis. We extend our deepest condolences to the families ... Read More»

U.S. reaffirms partnership with World Health Organization

The United States is resuming support for the  World Health Organization , which plays a vital role in fighting the global COVID-19 pandemic. President Biden announced the renewed commitment to the WHO in a  January 20 letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres , reversing the prior administration’s plan to leave the U.N.’s public health arm in July. “The WHO plays a crucial role in the world’s ... Read More»

U.S. return to Paris Agreement marks renewed climate commitment

By Leigh Hartman The United States is rejoining the Paris Agreement, renewing its commitment to partnering with other nations to tackle the global threat of climate change. After his January 20 inaugural address, President Biden signed  formal documentation  returning the United States to the December 12, 2015, Paris Agreement, a critical framework for avoiding potentially disastrous consequences from climate ... Read More»

Joe Biden: America’s next president

By Lenore T. Adkins Joseph R. Biden Jr., a former vice president and a longtime Capitol Hill lawmaker known for reaching across the political aisle to get things done, takes office on January 20 as the 46th president of the United States. Biden served eight years as former President Barack Obama’s vice president and defeated incumbent President Donald ... Read More»

Kamala Harris: America’s next vice president

By Lauren Monsen Kamala Devi Harris, a senator who has represented California in the U.S. Congress since 2017, will break barriers when she is inaugurated as vice president of the United States on January 20. She will be the first woman — and the first person of African, Jamaican and South Asian ancestry — to occupy that ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Venezuelan Interim President Guaido

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke yesterday with Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido.  Secretary Pompeo and Interim President Guaido discussed their mutual goal of a peaceful democratic transition in Venezuela and the United States’ unwavering support for his leadership and for the liberty and dignity of ... Read More»

Sanctions on Russian Entity and a Vessel Engaging in the Construction of Nord Stream 2

Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on the Russia-based entity KVT-RUS and identifying the vessel FORTUNA as blocked property.  KVT-RUS is being sanctioned pursuant to Section 232 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for knowingly selling, leasing, or providing to the Russian Federation goods, services, technology, information, or support for the construction of Russian ... Read More»

The United States Takes Further Action Against Enablers of Venezuelan Oil Transactions, Including Sanctions Evasion Network

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States has sanctioned three individuals and 11 entities for their ties to a network helping Nicolas Maduro and his illegitimate regime evade U.S. sanctions on Venezuela’s oil sector.  This action builds on previous sanctions targeting individuals and entities involved in a sanctions-evasion scheme benefitting the illegitimate Maduro ... Read More»

Update on Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment

On January 13, the U.S. Department of State released the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative Annual Report for 2020.  The report outlined how W-GDP, the first-ever whole-of-government approach to women’s economic empowerment, has reached more than 24 million women around the world in its first two years.  These beneficiaries were directly impacted by U.S. ... Read More»

Meet Biden’s choice for secretary of state: Antony Blinken

By Leigh Hartman For Antony Blinken, the incoming administration’s pick for America’s top diplomat, returning to the U.S. State Department brings the opportunity to continue both professional and family traditions. If confirmed by the Senate, Blinken would resume a career at the State Department, where he served during the Clinton and Obama administrations. His career in public ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump In Farewell Address to the Nation

The White House THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans: Four years ago, we launched a great national effort to rebuild our country, to renew its spirit, and to restore the allegiance of this government to its citizens. In short, we embarked on a mission to make America great again — for all Americans. As I conclude ... Read More»

Determination of the Secretary of State on Atrocities in Xinjiang

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States of America has led the world in holding the perpetrators of the most heinous human rights abuses accountable. From the Nuremberg Trials, to the creation of the Genocide Convention in 1948, to the declaration of ISIS’s recent genocide against the Yazidis, Christians, and other religious minorities ... Read More»

Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.

On the third Monday of January, Americans honor the life and achievements of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., (1929–1968), the 1964 Nobel Peace laureate, and the individual most associated with the triumphs of the African-American civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s. As a political organizer, a supremely skilled orator, and advocate of ... Read More»

Arrest of Aleksey Navalny

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States strongly condemns Russia’s decision to arrest Aleksey Navalny. We note with grave concern that his detention is the latest in a series of attempts to silence Navalny and other opposition figures and independent voices who are critical of Russian authorities. Confident political leaders do not fear ... Read More»

Imposing Sanctions on Iranian Entities for Activities Related to Conventional Arms Proliferation PRESS STATEMENT

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Iranian conventional arms proliferation poses a persistent threat to regional and international security, as evidenced by Iran’s continued military support and confirmed arms transfers that fuel ongoing conflict in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, and elsewhere. On September 21, we announced the implementation of Executive Order 13949 that provides the ... Read More»

Imposing Sanctions Related to the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines and Iranian Shipping Entities

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE In June 2020, the State Department sanctioned the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) pursuant to Executive Order 13382 (WMD Proliferators and Their Supporters).  At that time, we underscored the fact that IRISL is the preferred shipping line for Iranian proliferators and procurement agents.  We have warned industry ... Read More»

United States Places Global Magnitsky Sanctions on the Cuban Ministry of Interior and Its Minister

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on the Cuban Ministry of Interior (MININT) and Minister of Interior General Lazaro Alberto Álvarez Casas for their connection to serious human rights abuse under Executive Order 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. MININT is ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: Activity at the Wuhan Institute of Virology

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON For more than a year, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has systematically prevented a transparent and thorough investigation of the COVID-19 pandemic’s origin, choosing instead to devote enormous resources to deceit and disinformation. Nearly two million people have died. Their families deserve to know the truth. Only through transparency can we learn what caused this ... Read More»

Ensuring a Transparent, Thorough Investigation of COVID-19’s Origin

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States has repeatedly called for a transparent and thorough investigation into the origin of COVID-19. Understanding the origin of this pandemic is essential for global public health, economic recovery, and international security. To assist the vital work of the World Health Organization (WHO) investigative team that arrived ... Read More»

Increasing Iran Metals Sanctions Targeting Iran’s Nuclear, Military, and Ballistic Missile Programs and the IRGC

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Iran’s nuclear, ballistic missile, and military programs pose continued threats to the world’s safety and security. To address these threats, I am increasing the scope of State Department-administered Iran metals-related sanctions. Today, the State Department is identifying 15 specific materials used in connection with Iran’s nuclear, military, or ballistic ... Read More»

United States – Georgia Memorandum of Understanding on 5G Security

The following memorandum of understanding was adopted by the Governments of the United States of America and Georgia on January 14, 2021.   Begin Text:   Taking into account that secure fifth generation wireless communications networks (5G) will be vital to both future prosperity and national security, the United States and Georgia declare their desire to strengthen cooperation on 5G. 5G will enable a ... Read More»

CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States

Media Statement The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States.  Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. This strategy is consistent with the current phase of the pandemic and ... Read More»

Khamenei deprives Iranian people of COVID-19 vaccines

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is banning highly effective coronavirus vaccines from Iran because they are made in the United States and other Western countries. “I really do not trust” them, Khamenei said January 8, announcing the ban on two widely used vaccines produced in the United States and the United Kingdom,  the Associated Press reports . “Sometimes ... Read More»

At these schools, every day is Martin Luther King Day

By Lenore T. Adkins Americans will honor Martin Luther King Jr. this year on January 18, the date of the federal holiday commemorating the civil rights hero. But students from the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy for Boys in Toledo, Ohio, stand each and every day to pledge allegiance of the flag and to recite the school’s creed ... Read More»

Why so much time from election to inauguration of a U.S. president?

While many democracies swap in new leaders in a sprint, the U.S. ambles along with a transition period of 11 weeks. But slow as that might seem, it’s shorter than the four months the Constitution originally left for the handoff of power from an incumbent to a new president. Picking up the pace The original ... Read More»

The U.S. fights Coronavirus worldwide [rolling updates]

January 13   NEWS: @HumanitarianGC – supported by @USAID @FCDOGovUK & @DutchMFA – is awarding $4.5M to @SyriaCivilDef , @TranslatorsWB / @hotosm / @NeedsList4Good , @TranslatorsWB & Murmurate to support new innovations that transform humanitarian aid in the wake of COVID-19. https://t.co/vEkURxjXft — USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (@USAIDSavesLives) January 13, 2021 January 12 Here’s how the  @USAID  and  @UKAidDirect  funded ACCELERE! project in DRC launched “Lecture pour la vie,” ... Read More»

Tour these American museums virtually during COVID-19 pandemic

By Noelani KirschnerSuzanne K. Mast While the pandemic has forced many to stay home, museums across the United States are bringing their world-famous collections online for anyone to view. The public response has been enormous. American tech company Google recently reported its most searched terms of 2020, and the second most popular search after the word “virtual” was ... Read More»

The Iran-al-Qaida Axis

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone. Thank you, Wang Xiyue, for that very kind introduction and those remarkable words, words that were your own.  We’re blessed to have you here today. Look, as a lot – as you said, a lot of people worked really hard to get you home.  America never gives ... Read More»

The United States Targets Foundations Controlled by Iran’s Supreme Leader

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on two organizations controlled by the Supreme Leader of Iran, the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order (EIKO) and Astan Quds Razavi (AQR).  While masquerading as charitable organizations, EIKO and AQR control large portions of the Iranian economy, including assets seized from political ... Read More»

Celebrating 20 years of refugee assistance [video]

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the State Department’s Julia Taft Fund for refugee protection and assistance. Over the past two decades, the U.S. government has awarded grants to nearly 800 local partners to help  refugees , returnees and host communities. Learn more about the Taft Fund in this video. Read More»

U.S. copyright law makes thousands of classics free for all

Fans of old classics are now free to use and adapt stories, songs and films published in 1925 thanks to U.S. copyright laws’ protections for both the livelihoods of creators and the enjoyment of future generations. Among the thousands of works that entered the public domain January 1, 2021, are classic novels, such as F. ... Read More»

How the Amistad helped America live up to its ideals

By Lenore T. Adkins In 1839, the Amistad cargo schooner sailed from Havana to Puerto Principe, Cuba, with 53 Africans bound for a life of slavery on the island. But while aboard the schooner, the Africans fought for their freedom. Their battle gained them a reprieve. And soon, American abolitionists would take up their fight in U.S. courts. The Africans ... Read More»

Sanctioning Russia-linked Disinformation Network for its Involvement in Attempts to Influence U.S. Election

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on seven individuals and four entities that are part of a Russia-linked foreign influence network associated with Andrii Derkach, who was designated on September 10, 2020, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13848 for his attempt to influence the 2020 U.S. Presidential election.  Derkach, ... Read More»

U.S. Announces Designation of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The State Department has designated Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism for repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbor to terrorists. The Trump Administration has been focused from the start on denying the Castro regime the resources it uses to oppress its people ... Read More»

Academy for Women Entrepreneurs Virtual Event: The Importance of Investing in Women’s Economic Empowerment

On January 13, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. ET, Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University (ASU) and the U.S. Department of State will host a virtual panel discussion on the importance of investing in women’s economic empowerment. Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Kelley ... Read More»

Remembering the Victims of PS752

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The American people honor the memory of the passengers and crew of Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752, whose lives were abruptly and senselessly taken one year ago by an unjustified Iranian shootdown.  The United States joins the Governments of Ukraine, Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Afghanistan in paying ... Read More»

Iran Threatening To Expel UN Investigators

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE In December Iran’s parliament passed a law requiring expulsion of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear inspectors unless all sanctions are lifted. Today a member of the parliamentary leadership repeated that threat: all IAEA watchdog inspectors will be ejected unless sanctions are lifted. Once again the Iranian regime is ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Events at U.S. Capitol

The storming of the United States Capitol was shocking and the violent actions of those responsible completely intolerable. As Secretary Pompeo said, lawlessness and rioting are always unacceptable. Tests like this of our democratic process are a reminder to the world that democracy cannot be taken for granted; it requires vigilance and hard work, and ... Read More»

Meet the next astronauts to land on the moon

By  Noelani Kirschner The newly announced members of the Artemis Team — the next astronaut missions to the moon — reflect the diversity of and range of opportunity in the United States. Of the nearly 20 astronauts announced, half are women and people of color. NASA announced its latest selection of 18 elite astronauts — all of ... Read More»

The United States Continues To Recognize Interim President Guaidó and the Last Democratically Elected National Assembly in Venezuela

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On December 6, 2020, the illegitimate Maduro regime staged fraudulent legislative elections in Venezuela. Sixty countries around the world either came together to issue joint statements, including those released by the European Union, the Organization of American States, the Lima Group, and the International Contact Group or issued their ... Read More»

U.S. and partners support global COVID-19 economic recovery

By  Leigh Hartman   The United States is leading international efforts to help low-income countries focus resources on recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries worldwide have faced increasing health care costs and falling revenues in 2020. So the United States, in partnership with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, led other large economies in a ... Read More»

United States and India partner on vaccine research

The United States and India have engaged in “unprecedented levels of cooperation to combat the coronavirus pandemic,” U.S. Under Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said October 12. Biegun’s comment came during a trip to India, where he praised the deepening U.S.-India relationship and the shared values and goals of the world’s largest democracies. Biegun pointed ... Read More»

Food For Progress Highlights U.S.—Georgian Cooperation for a Stronger Economy

In continuation of the U.S. commitment to supporting Georgia through expert partnerships that build a sustainable, diverse economy, the ships Ocean Gladiator and Babuza Wisdom delivered 13,000 metric tons of wheat and 4,000 metric tons of soybean meal to the Port of Poti on January 3 as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) ... Read More»

Division for Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions Iran

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using big data and surveillance to target Uyghurs for detention based on behaviors that are allowed under the laws of the People’s Republic of China, such as studying the Quran or calling family abroad. Human Rights Watch says in a new report that the CCP uses its  Integrated Joint Operations Platform (IJOP)  to scan ... Read More»

Sanctioning Companies Supporting Iran’s Metal Industry

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on 17 companies and one individual in connection with Iran’s metals industry. The Iranian regime uses revenue from its metals sector to fund the regime’s destabilizing activities around the world. The Department of State is designating China-based Kaifeng Pingmei New Carbon Materials ... Read More»

Violations of religious freedom persist worldwide

The United States is calling out “egregious violations” of religious freedom worldwide, as many regimes continue to criminalize expressions of religious faith. On December 7, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo designated the governments of Iran, China, North Korea and a half dozen other nations as “countries of particular concern” for engaging in or ... Read More»

Diversity is an essential component of the U.S. diplomatic corps

By Noelani Kirschner American diplomats represent U.S. values abroad and embody a core tenet of American life: diversity. In the United States, anyone — regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background — can become a diplomat and represent America abroad as a member of the U.S. Foreign Service. One of the many ways the ... Read More»

Removing the Cuban Military’s Grip from Cuba’s Banking Sector

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the Department of State is announcing the addition of Banco Financiero International S.A. (BFI) to the Cuba Restricted List, effective upon publication in early January. BFI is a Cuban military-controlled commercial bank that benefits directly from financial transactions at the expense of the Cuban people. The Cuban military ... Read More»

Six remarkable women honored posthumously

By Lenore T. Adkins The National Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted six trailblazing Black women into its unique sisterhood, recognizing their contributions at the Seneca Falls, New York, birthplace of the American women’s rights movement. Its new Virtual Induction Series  celebrates underrepresented women of achievement. It does this by posthumously recognizing marginalized women who were overlooked during their lifetimes or died before ... Read More»

U.S. helps countries build secure 5G networks

By Leigh Hartman Fifth-generation wireless technology is transformative and has the potential to reshape industries. From remote health care to self-driving cars, to critical services such as electrical grids and water systems,  5G has the potential to touch every part of our lives . We need to be able to trust that 5G equipment and software companies will not threaten the national security, privacy or human rights of ... Read More»

Millions of Venezuelans vote for democracy

Venezuelans at home and abroad stood up for democracy, rejecting efforts by the illegitimate Maduro regime to exert authoritarian control over the National Assembly elections. The United States congratulated the Venezuelan opposition party — led by legitimate interim President Juan Guaidó — for successfully holding the consulta popular — or “ the people’s referendum ” — from December ... Read More»

What does January 1 signify in Lincoln’s legacy?

By   Lauren Monsen The  Emancipation Proclamation  is arguably one of the most important documents in the history of the United States. Abraham Lincoln himself stated that he considered it to be his greatest legacy. “I never in my life, felt more certain that I was doing right than I do in signing this paper,” he said. “If my name ... Read More»

On the Silencing and Prosecution of PRC Citizen Journalist Zhang Zhan

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States strongly condemns the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) sham prosecution and conviction of citizen journalist Zhang Zhan on December 28. We call on the PRC government to release her immediately and unconditionally. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has shown once again it will do whatever it ... Read More»

New U.S. restrictions seek to deter China’s abuses

By Leigh Hartman The United States is imposing restrictions on Chinese entities and officials that help the People’s Republic of China surveil and persecute its people, steal trade secrets, and bully other nations in the South China Sea. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on December 18 announced new measures against 60 companies or organizations that support ... Read More»

Americans we lost in 2020

By   Lauren MonsenD. Thompson In recent days, many thousands of American families have faced holidays without loved ones who succumbed to COVID-19. Also in 2020 many notable Americans died — whether of COVID or another cause — who left an imprint on the world. David Dinkins — the first African-American mayor of New York City, who died ... Read More»

U.S. guarantees Europe’s energy security [video]

The United States continues to protect Europe’s access to energy sources, as it has since World War II. Europe needs access to diversified, open energy markets for economic growth. Natural gas imports , civil nuclear infrastructure and renewable energy sources developed through sound strategies are among the most trusted sources. Europe is entering a new era of energy ... Read More»

Commemorating the United Nations Declaration

January 1, 1942, was a milestone in diplomatic history — a day when representatives of the “Big Four” Allied countries (the United States, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, and China) gathered in Washington to sign the  United Nations Declaration , formally pledging cooperation in defeating the forces of fascism. The following day, representatives of 22 other Allied ... Read More»

Protecting U.S. Investors from Financing Communist Chinese Military Companies

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE President Trump took decisive action last month to protect American investors and pension holders from funding Communist Chinese military companies (CCMCs) through Executive Order (13959) Addressing the Threat from Securities Investments that Finance Communist Chinese Military Companies.  The Trump Administration is coordinating closely to counter the threat these companies present ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Georgia, countrywide Event: This is a reminder to maintain a high level of security awareness during the holiday season. In recent years, transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by violent extremist ideology throughout Europe focused on locations such as Christmas holiday markets, New Years’ celebrations, shopping malls, airports, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and ... Read More»

Imposing Sanctions and Visa Restrictions on Additional Individuals and Entities Undermining Belarusian Democracy

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is taking action against individuals and entities involved in efforts to undermine Belarusian democracy. Specifically, the U.S. Departments of State and of Treasury have exercised their respective authorities against 40 individuals and four entities involved in electoral fraud and human rights abuses surrounding the fraudulent ... Read More»

Syria Sanctions Designations on the Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 2254

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Five years ago last Friday, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2254, firmly laying out the only path for an enduring resolution to the Syrian conflict.  The United States and the vast majority of the international community remain committed to this dignified plan for ending the suffering of the Syrian people. The Assad regime, supported by its enablers and allies, however, refuses to end its needless, brutal war against the Syrian ... Read More»

China’s leaders expand use of forced labor

The People’s Republic of China is expanding its use of forced labor, increasing the risk that countries may unknowingly import products made by people forced or otherwise coerced to work. Upwards of 100,000 Uyghurs and members of other ethnic minority groups may be working in forced conditions in China, according to the U.S. Department of ... Read More»

U.S. food programs help children and farmers worldwide

Aid distributed through USDA food assistance programs in FY 2019 reached more than 4.4 million people in 45 countries in Asia, Africa and South and Central America. Working through volunteer and international organizations, USDA’s various programs fund school meals and nutrition programs around the world and offer training and technical assistance to boost farmers’ productivity. ... Read More»

Food for Progress Highlights U.S. – Georgian Agri-Business Cooperation

On Saturday, 19 December, the ship Ocean Grand delivered 14,000 metric tons of high-quality U.S. wheat to the Port of Poti as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food for Progress program.  This shipment, the first of three in the coming month, will be ​available for private sector usage via commercial sales on the Georgian ... Read More»

U.S. sanctions Iranian regime officials involved in kidnapping

The United States has imposed sanctions on two senior Iranian intelligence officers involved in the kidnapping and detention of Robert Levinson, the longest-held hostage in U.S. history. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on December 14 announced  sanctions against Mohammad Baseri and Ahmad Khazai , senior officials in Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security, who were involved in Levinson’s abduction, detention and ... Read More»

Additions of Cuban Military-Owned Companies to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added three Cuban military-owned companies to its Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List).  All property and interests in property of these entities that are in the United States or in the possession or control of ... Read More»

Additional Restrictions on the Issuance of Visas for People’s Republic of China Officials Engaged in Human Rights Abuses

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE China’s authoritarian rulers impose draconian restrictions on the Chinese people’s freedoms of expression, religion or belief, association, and the right to peaceful assembly.  The United States has been clear that perpetrators of human rights abuses like these are not welcome in our country. Today, I am announcing the imposition ... Read More»

Rocket Attack in Iraq

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States strongly condemns the latest attack by Iran-backed militias on the International Zone in Baghdad.  While no Embassy personnel were harmed, the attack caused at least one Iraqi civilian casualty and damaged Iraqi civilian property.  We wish those hurt a speedy recovery. As Iraq struggles with COVID-19 and an ... Read More»

2020: Difficult Year Brings Out the Best in U.S.-Georgian Partnership

In 2020, despite the challenge of COVID-19, the U.S. Embassy continued to deepen our partnership with Georgia across a range of areas. We continue to work together towards a prosperous, stable, and democratic Georgia integrated into Euro-Atlantic institutions. In particular, the dedicated team of professionals at the embassy worked to partner with Georgia on COVID-19 ... Read More»

The Free World’s Leadership Will Defeat COVID-19

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE It has now been a year since China first identified a patient in Wuhan stricken with an unknown pneumonia, now known as COVID-19. Since then, the United States and other free nations, such as Germany and the United Kingdom, have led a remarkable and unprecedented vaccine development effort that ... Read More»

This Week in Iran Policy

“I think we have demonstrated the right foreign policy with respect to Iran, and I am hopeful that the world will continue the policies that we have, and that one day Iran will rejoin the community of nations” – Secretary Pompeo, Interview with Ben Shapiro, December 15, 2020 Sanctioning Supporters of Iran’s Petroleum and Petrochemical ... Read More»

Expanded Clean Network initiative safeguards data

By Leigh Hartman The U.S. government’s expanded Clean Network initiative protects citizens’ privacy and companies’ sensitive information on 5G mobile networks and  secures data  across the full range of telecommunications and technology. The Clean Network initiative builds on and expands the  Clean Path , which is designed to  protect 5G networks from untrusted vendors . Since U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced the Clean Network, ... Read More»

Maduro’s sham election: ‘Those who don’t vote, won’t eat’

By Noelani Kirschner In the runup to its fraudulent December 6 National Assembly elections, the illegitimate Maduro regime showed how little it cares about ordinary Venezuelans, insinuating it might revoke their social benefits if they did not vote. Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed reservations about the Maduro regime threatening to take away ... Read More»

U.S. Navy appoints first woman to command an aircraft carrier

Captain Amy Bauernschmidt will become the first woman in U.S. history to command a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. In 2016 Bauernschmidt was the first woman to serve as executive officer of a nuclear aircraft carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln. Bauernschmidt  graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy  in 1994, the same year  women began to serve on combat ships  and planes. She logged more than 3,000 hours of flight ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at the Wounded Warrior Foundation Charity Event

We stand proudly with our Georgian partners in caring for their injured soldiers, many of whom stood proudly with the United States and our allies in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has been an honor assisting Georgia in this noble undertaking and we look forward to seeing this wonderful project flourish thanks to the generosity and ... Read More»

Sanctioning Supporters of Iran’s Petroleum and Petrochemical Sectors

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Petroleum and petrochemicals are major sources of revenue for the Iranian regime, revenue it employs to oppress the Iranian people and to advance its malign foreign agenda. Today, the Department of State is imposing sanctions on Vietnam Gas and Chemicals Transportation Corporation, a vessel manager, pursuant to Executive Order ... Read More»

The United States Supports the Voices of the Venezuelan People

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE We congratulate the Venezuelan people on the success of the Consulta Popular or “People’s Referendum.”  Millions of Venezuelans came together to raise their voice and demand a democratic future for their country.  In every city and small town in Venezuela, as well as hundreds of sites serving the Venezuelan diaspora abroad, ... Read More»

U.S. acts to protect investors from Beijing’s military fundraising

By Leigh Hartman President Trump is moving to prevent certain Chinese firms from exploiting U.S. capital markets to advance the Chinese Communist Party’s military, security and espionage objectives and capabilities. Beijing “is increasingly exploiting United States capital to resource and to enable the development and modernization of its military, intelligence and other security apparatuses,” Trump said in a ... Read More»

Russian Influence in the Mediterranean

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Earlier this month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in comments at the MED Dialogue, accused the United States of playing political games in the Mediterranean and stalling the appointment of a new UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Libya.  It’s unfortunate and unhelpful that Mr. Lavrov again gets the facts ... Read More»

State Department Terrorist Designation of Saraya al-Mukhtar

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the Department of State has designated the Saraya al-Mukhtar group as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist pursuant to Executive Order 13224 for posing a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism that threaten the national security and foreign policy of the United States. Saraya al-Mukhtar is an Iran-backed ... Read More»

The United States Sanctions Turkey Under CAATSA 231

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on the Republic of Turkey’s Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) pursuant to Section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for knowingly engaging in a significant transaction with Rosoboronexport, Russia’s main arms export entity, by procuring the S-400 surface-to-air ... Read More»

Pompeo urges U.S. colleges to defend academic freedom

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo is urging American universities to defend against the Chinese Communist Party’s research theft and other threats to academic freedom. Speaking at Georgia Tech in Atlanta on December 9, Pompeo warned that the CCP’s theft of research to boost its military poses  risks for both universities and U.S. national security . He asked administrators, faculty and students ... Read More»

The Iranian regime’s 40-year campaign of assassinations

Iran’s regime has conducted assassinations and sponsored terrorism throughout its 40-year history, targeting Iranian dissidents and foreign officials worldwide. The violence dates back to 1979, soon after the regime seized power. Iranian students attacked the U.S. Embassy in Tehran,  taking American diplomats and embassy employees hostage  in a gross violation of international norms. Fifty-two hostages were held for 444 days. Since then, ... Read More»

U.S. embassies partner for COVID-19 economic recovery

By Noelani Kirschner U.S. embassies in Estonia, Latvia, Denmark and Lithuania partnered to virtually co-host the  48 for the Future  “hackathon,” implemented by private partners Garage48 and Startup Wise Guys on December 3-6. The hackathon let participants design a mobile phone app or other tech solution to address the complexities of the post-COVID-19 economic recovery. More than 600 people from 70 ... Read More»

Defense Attaché Col Bagley Speaks at Conference on Women, Peace, and Security

On Saturday, December 12th, Defense Attaché Colonel Stephanie Bagley spoke at the Conference on Women, Peace, and Security,  which brought together prominent field professionals and aspiring students, as well as recent graduates to discuss the implications of the UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, reaffirm women’s indispensable inclusion in the defense sector, and discuss the ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the First Session of 10th Parliament

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: As we said during Secretary Pompeo’s visit, we would have liked to see all duly elected members of parliament attend today’s opening, so that they could fight for the change they want to see from within the parliament, rather than in the streets. The very important work that the party leaders did ... Read More»

Iran’s Efforts at Intimidation Must Not Be Rewarded

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States condemns the law recently approved by Iran’s Majles and Guardian Council, which is nothing more than the regime’s latest ploy to use its nuclear program to try to intimidate the international community.  If implemented, this law would result in Iran enriching uranium to the dangerous 20% ... Read More»

State Department Terrorist Designation of Ashraf al-Qizani

The Department of State has designated Ashraf al-Qizani as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under section 1(a)(ii)(B) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. Ashraf al-Qizani, also known as Abu ‘Ubaydah al-Kafi, serves as the emir of Jund al-Khilafah in Tunisia (JAK-T), an ISIS affiliate in Tunisia.  Al-Qizani became the emir of JAK-T after the death ... Read More»

U.S. to authorize COVID-19 vaccines in coming days

The United States expects to begin mass distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States soon. During the Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit held at the White House on December 8, President Trump said he expects the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will authorize a vaccine produced by U.S. manufacturer Pfizer in the coming days, ... Read More»

Statement by the United States Embassy and the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia

Over the past six weeks, Georgia’s political leaders have engaged in an intense political dialogue.   While important issues remain unresolved, the parties succeeded in reaching a preliminary understanding on comprehensive electoral reforms that, once adopted, will significantly improve future Georgian elections.  We commend the party leaders from all sides for their constructive participation and achievements ... Read More»

Public Designations of Current and Former Government Officials Under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State

Public Designations of Current and Former Government Officials Under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Promoting and advancing respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms continues to be a top priority for ... Read More»

The President’s National Space Policy

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The  President’s National Space Policy  , released yesterday, outlines America’s principles and goals regarding our national interests and activities in space. The policy reaffirms America’s leadership in outer space, emphasizes the importance of the commercial space sector to economic growth, and reaffirms the importance of all nations acting responsibly for the safety, stability, ... Read More»

International Human Rights Day

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On International Human Rights Day, the United States celebrates the rights and freedoms enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This day has a special resonance for Americans, as the United States was the first nation founded on the belief that all individuals are created equal and endowed ... Read More»

On the Occasion of International Anticorruption Day and International Human Rights Day

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON On the occasion of International Anticorruption Day and International Human Rights Day, the Department of State and the Department of the Treasury announced sanctions designations and visa restrictions on perpetrators of corruption and serious human rights abuse.  Below is a summary of  these actions taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818 and Section 7031(c) of ... Read More»

Nations speak out against Maduro’s fraudulent elections

Countries around the world are calling the illegitimate Maduro regime’s recent attempt to undermine democracy in Venezuela a sham. On December 6, the Nicolás Maduro regime unconstitutionally staged National Assembly elections with the intention of overthrowing the democratically elected politicians who stand against Maduro and his cronies. The result was an undemocratic and illegal farce. ... Read More»

INL Office Sponsors Three-day “Public Corruption and Law Enforcement Techniques” Course

To mark International Anti-corruption Day, the Bureau of International Law Enforcement and Narcotics (INL) continued its efforts to strengthen the capacity and independence of Georgia`s criminal justice system and improve its ability to fight organized crime and corruption by partnering with the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) to host a three-day virtual “Public Corruption and Law ... Read More»

International Anticorruption Day

On October 31, 2003, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption and requested that the Secretary-General designate the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as the secretariat for the Convention’s Conference of States Parties (resolution 58/4). The Assembly also designated 9 December as International Anti-Corruption Day, to raise awareness of ... Read More»

The Chinese Communist Party on the American Campus

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE ATLANTA, GEORGIA MR CABRERA:  Good morning.  What a great day.  What an honor to have our Secretary of State with us today to share his views on foreign policy.  And what a great way to inspire many of our own students.  By the way some people they think that ... Read More»

NASA launches U.S.-European satellite mission to monitor global sea levels

A joint U.S.-European satellite mission will collect valuable information about rising sea levels. The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite — named for the former director of NASA’s Earth Science Division — launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on November 21. “The Earth is changing, and this satellite will help deepen our understanding of how,”  said Karen St. Germain ... Read More»

Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela strike out against free speech

Free speech for Cubans, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans is under attack by their respective governments. “Freedom of expression is a human right,” Secretary of State  Michael R. Pompeo said on Twitter  on November 24. “The United States stands with Cuba’s people.” In  Cuba , the Castro regime arrested musician Denis Solís González on November 9 and sentenced him to eight months in prison ... Read More»

Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel D. Brownback Briefing on Rollout of U.S. Actions Against Religious Freedom Violators

SAMUEL D. BROWNBACK, U.S. AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE FOR INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM VIA TELECONFERENCE MR BROWN:  Thank you, Moderator, and thanks to everyone who’s joined the call.  This is an on-the-record briefing on the rollout of U.S. designations against religious freedom violators, including Country of Particular Concern, Special Watch List, and Entity of Particular Concern designations.  Sam Brownback, ... Read More»

Beijing’s military aggression [video]

The U.S. is working to build a free and open Indo-Pacific region, but Beijing is putting the world at risk and raising the threat of violent conflict through its military aggression. The Chinese Communist Party engages in  dangerous and threatening behavior  across the Indo-Pacific and threatens its neighbors. From military bases in the South China Sea to lethal fighting ... Read More»

Promoting human rights is essential to U.S. policy

In the 80 years since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his  Four Freedoms speech  — citing freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear — the United States has made these democratic principles central to its foreign policy. Today, the United States continues to champion human rights as a critical component of U.S. ... Read More»

On the EU’s Adoption of a Human Rights Sanctions Framework

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes the European Union’s adoption of its global human rights sanctions framework. Today, on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, we note that this groundbreaking accomplishment will further protect human rights worldwide. The EU’s new measures give its member states a powerful tool to promote ... Read More»

United States Takes Action Against Violators of Religious Freedom

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Religious freedom is an unalienable right, and the bedrock upon which free societies are built and flourish. Today, the United States – a nation founded by those fleeing religious persecution, as the recent Commission on Unalienable Rights report noted – once again took action to defend those who simply ... Read More»

The International Visitor Leadership Program: Celebrating 80 Years

To mark the 80th anniversary of the  International Visitor Leadership Program  (IVLP), the U.S. Department of State will host a virtual reception and storytelling workshop on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. ET entitled, “My IVLP Moment.” The virtual event will close the yearlong anniversary celebration of the IVLP and highlight opportunities to increase connections between the United ... Read More»

U.S. leads in fight against transnational corruption

An international anti-corruption group is praising the United States as a world leader in the fight against bribery and corruption. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Working Group on Bribery in a November 17 report commended the United States for bolstering its already strong enforcement of anti-corruption laws and encouraging others to follow the ... Read More»

U.S. Welcomes First Meeting of the Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation Leadership Committee

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes the formation and the first Leadership Committee meeting of the Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation today. This inclusive body is chaired by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. Afghan leaders across the political spectrum have unified to make decisions and mobilize support for a just and lasting peace.  All sides of the conflict ... Read More»

U.S. Imposes Sanctions on People’s Republic of China Officials Engaged in Coercive Influence Activities

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has long sought to spread Marxist-Leninist ideology and exert its influence all over the world. The CCP’s United Front Work Department funds and supports overseas organizations to spread propaganda and coerces and bullies those who would oppose Beijing’s policies. The United Front frequently intimidates ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan met with the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia’s new President, Sarah Williamson

Today, Ambassador Degnan met with the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia’s new President, Sarah Williamson. The U.S. Embassy greatly values its relationship with AmCham and congratulates the new Board of Directors. We also want to thank the outgoing President and Board of Directors for their role in supporting open dialogue to advance judicial, electoral, ... Read More»

Sanctions on Iranian Entities Involved in Chemical Weapons Activities of Concern

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States condemns any Iranian regime involvement in a chemical weapons program and will sanction those involved in any such activity. Today, the United States designated Iranian defense entity Shahid Meisami Group and its director, Mehran Babri, under Executive Order 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass ... Read More»

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a fitting occasion for the United States to reaffirm its commitment to, and support for, the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in daily life of the community. We point with pride to robust public and private enforcement of ... Read More»

26,000 USAID-funded PCR testing kits delivery to National Center for Disease Control and Public Health

USAID continues to support Georgia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing crucial assistance to help the healthcare system prevent further spread of the virus. Recently, 26,000 USAID-funded PCR testing kits were delivered to the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health. These testing kits will be distributed to hospitals, clinics, and laboratories across the ... Read More»

Rights groups call for independent investigation of Iran’s atrocities

Human rights advocates continue to expose the Iranian regime’s violent response to nationwide protests in November 2019 despite the regime’s attempts to cover up the details. More than a year later, the United States and human rights organizations are still calling for an independent investigation into the brutal crackdown. Justice for Iran, a human rights ... Read More»

Democracies condemn Beijing’s continued crackdown in Hong Kong

By Leigh Hartman Democratic nations are faulting the Chinese Communist Party’s disqualification of four democratically elected legislators in Hong Kong. The governments of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom call the CCP’s November 11 disqualification of the lawmakers a “clear breach” of the regime’s international obligations and commitment to uphold Hong Kong’s ... Read More»

U.S. companies pledge support for Asia’s post-pandemic recovery

The U.S. government and American clothing producers have pledged to help workers in Asia recover from the economic hardship of  the COVID-19 pandemic . U.S. Agency for International Development and industry representatives signed a memorandum of understanding October 28, pledging to explore ways to help workers who supply U.S. clothing and footwear companies. Over the next year, the ... Read More»

Local staff members of U.S. Embassy recognized as heroes

By Noelani Kirschner Everyday heroes exist around us, but only when disaster strikes do we know who they are. During a ceremony November 18, the State Department honored Badye and Hella Ladhari as  Heroes of U.S. Diplomacy  for their service to the United States and for saving lives in the face of immediate danger during and after the attack on the ... Read More»

The United States Welcomes Major Milestone in Afghanistan Peace Negotiations

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes the Agreement announced today by the negotiating teams from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban.  This Agreement is a major milestone in the Afghanistan Peace Negotiations that have been underway since September 12, 2020. The Agreement codifies the rules and procedures the two ... Read More»

America launches strategy to reignite global economy

The United States has launched a strategy to mobilize its vast resources to support global economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of State’s  Global Economic Activity and Recovery (GEAR) strategy  will support this broader effort by enabling food trade and security, deploying financial tools for economic recovery, supporting U.S. exporters and investors abroad, and helping restore international transportation and ... Read More»

The truth behind China’s forced confessions

By Leigh Hartman The Chinese Communist Party forces critics and activists to publicly confess to crimes before trial, violating Chinese and international law, rights groups say. In a  recent report to the United Nations  (PDF, 1MB), groups including Safeguard Defenders and Human Rights Watch say the CCP forces critics into confessions that are then aired on state-run television, making a mockery of due ... Read More»

Donations from U.S. COVID-19 survivors support future treatments

Blood plasma donated by COVID-19 survivors in the United States is helping develop treatments to fight the disease. Early this year, scientists identified COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP) — blood plasma from people who have already cleared the virus — as a potential treatment. CCP is often rich in antibodies that when transferred to a patient ... Read More»

INL-Tbilisi delivered donated clothes, food, and toiletries to the Tbilisi domestic violence intake center

On December 2, as part of The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (reftel 20 STATE 113288), INL-Tbilisi delivered donated clothes, food, and toiletries to the Tbilisi domestic violence intake center. This center is the first point of entry for victims of domestic ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Participation in the NATO Foreign Ministerial

The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo participated in the December 1-2 virtual NATO Foreign Ministerial, hosted by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.  In a productive discussion with Allied leaders, Secretary Pompeo emphasized the threat the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) poses to Allied security interests and encouraged ... Read More»

On World AIDS Day, looking to finish the fight

On World AIDS Day, December 1, Americans will mobilize behind a plan to  eradicate HIV from the U.S.  by 2030 and recommit to efforts to end it around the world. The U.S. plan — called Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America — uses scientific advances in HIV prevention, diagnoses, treatment and outbreak response by coordinating the resources of ... Read More»

Readout from the Trump Administration’s 43rd Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response & Best Practices

Today, Vice President Mike Pence led a discussion with the chief executives and senior leaders of approximately 50 states, territories, and the city of Washington, D.C., and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to discuss local, state, and federal COVID-19 response and recovery efforts including the continued collaboration on vaccine distribution and administration planning. The ... Read More»

The two choices for Venezuela’s future

By Noelani Kirschner As the fraudulent December 6 elections raise questions about the future of Venezuela, one thing remains clear: Venezuelans cannot have democracy while an illegitimate authoritarian regime is in power, says the U.S. Department of State. “Many of Venezuela’s most popular politicians are not permitted to run in the election, opposition political parties have been ... Read More»

China’s manipulation of international organizations

As the coronavirus spread beyond its borders, China’s leaders successfully lobbied the World Health Organization (WHO) not to declare a public health emergency of international concern. Soon after this disastrous January decision, the Chinese Communist Party blocked a WHO team from investigating the pandemic’s source and China’s response. “China has extracted concessions from the health ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump During Thanksgiving Video Teleconference with Members of the Military

Diplomatic Reception Room November 26, 2020 4:59 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I’m thrilled to be online with heroic members of the United States Military.  Incredible people.  I want to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving.  We’re going to have a great year.  We have a year coming up — the foundations are ready ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Georgia Event:  In response to the continued threat of COVID, the Government of Georgia has instituted new measures to try to control the spread of the disease.  The measures are described below. For the period from November 28 through January 31, the following restrictions are in effect countrywide except as noted below: Movement restriction between ... Read More»

New Sanctions Under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA)

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On Wednesday, November 25, 2020, the United States sanctioned four entities located in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Russia for supporting Iran’s missile program, under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA). We imposed sanctions against Chengdu Best New Materials Co., Ltd. and Zibo Elim ... Read More»

The United States Condemns the Conviction of the Citgo 6

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States unequivocally condemns the wrongful convictions of the Citgo 6, in a proceeding that should be described as a kangaroo court.  After canceling their initial appearance before a judge dozens of times over the last three years, the illegitimate Venezuelan legal system suddenly convicted and sentenced these ... Read More»

How vaccine trials work

Scientists are now testing several vaccines in clinical trials to find out if they are safe and effective in preventing COVID-19. Their goal is to help break the cycle of disease transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. “Large-scale vaccine trials are critically important,” says Lieutenant Colonel Melinda Hamer, director of the Clinical ... Read More»

President Trump pardons ‘Corn,’ America’s National Thanksgiving Turkey

On behalf of the entire Trump Family, I want to wish every American a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving! Today we gathered in the Rose Garden to continue a beloved annual tradition: the Official Presidential Pardon of a very fortunate Thanksgiving Turkey…. pic.twitter.com/O92pWUKrBv — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2020 Read More»

Observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Around the world, violence against women harms not only millions of women and girls every year, but also their communities and families.  Violence against women, whether in the workforce, the home, a school environment, or as a result of conflict or crisis, is never acceptable.  The United States recognizes ... Read More»

Remarks at 2020 Afghanistan Conference

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE DAVID HALE, UNDER SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale:  Let me begin by thanking the Government of Finland and Special Envoy Taalas; the government of Afghanistan and President Ghani; and the UN, including Special Representative Lyons, for organizing this conference, especially with the constraints posed by COVID-19. We continue to support a negotiated settlement in Doha that ... Read More»

The Cuban Regime’s Cruel Crackdown on Peaceful Protesters

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The U.S. government strongly condemns the Cuban regime’s harassment of activists peacefully protesting the imprisonment of human rights defender Denis Solís González. We urge the Cuban government to dismiss this unjust sentence and release him without condition. The regime has repeatedly targeted Mr. Solís González, a musician and member ... Read More»

U.S. Reinforces Commitment to Secure, Stable, Democratic, and Self-Reliant Afghanistan at 2020 Conference

The United States participated in the 2020 Afghanistan Conference on November 23-24, the sixth quadrennial gathering to coordinate international development support for Afghanistan. The conference was hosted virtually by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Government of Finland, and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. At the conference, the United States ... Read More»

As fraudulent election nears, Maduro cracks down on journalists

Ahead of the unconstitutional and fraudulent  December 6 parliamentary elections  in Venezuela, the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro is cracking down on journalists. The Venezuelan constitution protects freedom of expression, forbids censorship and guarantees access to information. However, Venezuela has fallen 31 places since 2014 in the  World Press Freedom Index  — ranking 147 out of 180 countries — thanks to Maduro’s attacks ... Read More»

China’s air pollution harms its citizens and the world

The People’s Republic of China is the world’s leading annual emitter of greenhouse gases and mercury. This noxious air pollution threatens China’s people, as well as global health and the world’s economy. An estimated 1.24 million people died from exposure to air pollution in the PRC in 2017, according to a recent study in the ... Read More»

Ending violence against women: A human rights imperative

The world recognizes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, a day to heighten awareness about the physical, psychological and emotional harm women face worldwide. The U.S. Department of State sees tackling violence against women as a human rights imperative. Violence threatens women’s and girls’ safety, and it sets ... Read More»

Pompeo urges nations to speak up for the persecuted

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo is rallying world leaders to stand strong against religious persecution wherever it occurs. From November 16 to 17, the government of Poland hosted the third Ministerial to Advance Freedom of Religion or Belief. In  Pompeo’s opening remarks  for the event, held virtually this year, the secretary urged the representatives of more ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s Negotiating Team

The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s negotiating team in Doha, Qatar.  Secretary Pompeo commended both sides for continuing to negotiate and for the progress they have made.  Secretary Pompeo and the negotiators discussed ways to reduce violence, and ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with the Taliban READOUT

The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Taliban Political Deputy and Head of the Political Office Mullah Beradar and members of the Taliban negotiating team in Doha, Qatar.  Secretary Pompeo commended both sides for continuing to negotiate and for the progress they have made.  ... Read More»

This Week in Iran Policy

“The Maximum Pressure campaign against the Iranian regime continues to be effective. It deprives the regime of funds to carry out its malign activities. Reducing that pressure is a dangerous choice, bound to weaken new regional partnerships for peace and strengthen the regime.” – Secretary Pompeo, Tweet of November 18, 2020 Commemoration of the Massacre ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Georgia Event:  Georgia will hold runoff parliamentary elections tomorrow (November 21), which may generate pedestrian and vehicle traffic at polling stations throughout the country. Similar to the elections on October 31, large rallies and/or groups of people can appear without advance notice and this may occur throughout the country; street closures should be anticipated. U.S. ... Read More»

The United States is funding the equipping of the Georgian Defense Forces with 600 M249 Squad Automatic Weapons (SAW)

As part of our commitment to Georgia’s defense and territorial integrity through U.S. security assistance, the United States is equipping the Georgian Defense Forces’ (GDF) with 600 M249 portable, gas operated, light machine guns, or Squad Automatic Weapons (SAW). As part of the fielding plan, U.S. advisors will conduct a two-week, “train-the-trainer” course for a ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan on Secretary Pompeo’s visit to Georgia

The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi was proud to welcome Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mrs. Pompeo to Georgia. Secretary Pompeo came to Tbilisi to demonstrate the United States’ strong support for Georgia’s choice to deepen its Euro-Atlantic ties, and to reaffirm our unwavering support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of ... Read More»

USAID plans for global recovery from COVID-19

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is preparing to help international partners overcome economic and humanitarian hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. USAID Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa on October 28 announced the agency’s  Over the Horizon Strategic Review , a new initiative to plan for a world altered by COVID-19 by helping partner nations on their path to ... Read More»

U.S.-supported COVID-19 vaccine candidates appear highly effective

Two U.S.-supported COVID-19 vaccine candidates appear to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19, a major step in the United States’  historic push to end the global pandemic . Moderna announced November 16 that the Phase 3 clinical trial’s independent data and safety monitoring board had found the Massachusetts-based biotechnology company’s candidate vaccine is up to 94.5% effective in clinical trials. Pfizer, based ... Read More»

The United States – Leading Collective Action in Global Health Security

The Fact Sheet below was released in conjunction with the United States Government’s participation in the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Ministerial Meetings hosted by Government of Thailand on November 18-20, 2020: The United States – Leading Collective Action in Global Health Security “Now is the time to solve this global pandemic and work to ... Read More»

Senior State Department Officials Briefing to Traveling Press

SPECIAL BRIEFING OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON TBILISI, GEORGIA SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE:  Good morning.  I don’t know how much any of you know about Georgia, but I’ll just start by saying it’s a young democracy, basically 20 years.  The ’90s were really a lost decade of lawlessness, so they’ve been working on their democracy for 20 years.  The ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo And Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia Before Their Meeting

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE GEORGIAN CHANCELLERY TBILISI, GEORGIA PRIME MINISTER GAKHARIA:  So Mr. Secretary, welcome. SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you. PRIME MINISTER GAKHARIA:  Thank you for finding time (inaudible) especially this very difficult global pandemic time.  You are a true friend of this country, and of course we are grateful for your personal and ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo Discusses Judicial Reform with Civil Society

Secretary Pompeo sat down with civil society representatives for a candid and open conversation about judicial reform, and the role of civil society in Georgia’s development. The Secretary noted Georgia’s recent judicial reform efforts and the important role of civil society in advancing the rule of law and developing modern state institutions. However, all agreed ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo meets with Prime Minister Gakharia and Foreign Minister Zalkaliani

Secretary Pompeo met with Prime Minister Gakharia and Foreign Minister Zalkaliani to discuss the United States' support for Georgia's Euro-Atlantic aspirations and strengthening democratic institutions in the country. The Secretary also emphasized the importance of electoral and judicial reform. Read More»

Could a teenager’s discovery help treat COVID-19 patients?

A 14-year-old American student’s award-winning science project could offer insights into a potential treatment for COVID-19. Anika Chebrolu, an eighth-grader and aspiring medical researcher from Frisco, Texas, used computer modeling to pinpoint a molecule that can bind to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and inhibit its ability to infect people, according to news reports. Anika ... Read More»

Database offers transparency on U.S. foreign aid

After a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, the U.S. government gave the country $1 billion in aid, with the U.S. Department of Defense sending the most money, according to the  Foreign Aid Explorer  database. The U.S. Agency for International Development’s database can tell you which U.S. government agency spent the most on foreign aid in a given ... Read More»

New U.S. air-quality app helps users avoid pollution

The United States is helping people protect themselves from dangerous pollution with a new mobile phone app that provides accurate, up-to-date information on air quality in dozens of cities worldwide. The U.S. Department of State recently launched ZephAir, a mobile app that brings users a mix of air-quality data and health advisories. Users may adjust ... Read More»

Strengthening Transatlantic Ties with Georgia

“The United States and Georgia have a strong strategic partnership built upon shared values and a deep love of freedom, independence, and unity. The United States remains steadfast in its commitment to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, and we support the Georgian people’s clear choice to embrace Euro-Atlantic integration.” – ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Michael Pompeo

November 17, 2020 The United States Welcomes Cessation of Hostilities Between Armenia and Azerbaijan and Announces New Assistance to Respond to the Nagorno-Karabakh Humanitarian Emergency The United States welcomes the cessation of active hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan.  From the start of the recent hostilities, the United States called for an end to the violence ... Read More»

U.S. targets the stash houses of human smugglers

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency is cracking down on human smuggling by focusing its efforts on rescuing migrants from stash houses. Stash houses are where human smugglers put migrants until they can relocate them either within countries or across borders. “The criminal activity associated with stash houses creates a danger and a health ... Read More»

Iran’s Khamenei funds terrorism over COVID-19 aid workers

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has prioritized funding the Iranian regime’s terrorist proxies and security forces over paying health care workers fighting COVID-19. Khamenei, in March, pledged to pull 1 billion euros from Iran’s National Development Fund to fight COVID-19, yet Iran’s Health Ministry  has received only 27 percent of those funds  and cannot pay health care workers’ salaries, IranWire reports, citing local news ... Read More»

Background Briefing on Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Georgia

The following text is a translated excerpt from background briefing conducted by senior State Department officials on November 13 via teleconference.  The briefing previewed Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to France, Turkey, Georgia, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.  The full text in English is available on the Department of State website. As you know from the announcement, ... Read More»

Visa Applicants who pose a risk of transmitting Novel Corona Virus

Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus: Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days prior to their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, 9996 and the subsequent proclamation issued May 24, 2020: Brazil (effective May 26 at 11:59 p.m. EDT) The United ... Read More»

Russia and the Assad Regime’s Superficial Support for Syrian Refugees

CALE BROWN, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON The refugee conference hosted November 11-12 in Damascus by the Assad regime and Russia was not a credible attempt to create the conditions necessary for voluntary and safe refugee returns to Syria. The lack of support for this conference beyond the regime’s narrow group of allies demonstrates that the world recognizes ... Read More»

Response to the Address by the Co-Chairs of the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia

As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 12, 2020 Thank you Madam Chair. The United States warmly welcomes to the Permanent Council the Co-Chairs of the Geneva International Discussions: EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia Ambassador Klaar; UN Representative Ambassador Sultanoğlu; and OSCE Special Representative for ... Read More»

Designation of Iranian Procurement Networks

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On November 10, 2020 the Department of the Treasury designated an international network of six companies and four individuals for facilitating the procurement of sensitive goods, including U.S.-origin electronic components, for Iran Communications Industries (ICI).  ICI is a sanctioned Iranian military firm and a subsidiary of Iran Electronics Industries, ... Read More»

How the U.S. promotes innovation for security and prosperity

As the world leader in technological innovation, the United States is working with international partners to advance a shared competitive edge. The White House October 15 released the first National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies, outlining how the United States will support and lead global innovation in fields ranging from artificial intelligence to advanced computing ... Read More»

European nations crack down on Iran-backed Hizballah

European nations are increasingly recognizing the threat of Hizballah and blocking the Iran-backed terrorist organization from raising money or conducting other activities within their borders. U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo commended Estonia’s October 22 ban on Hizballah members and affiliates entering the country. Estonia joins a host of nations that refuse to distinguish ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to France, Turkey, Georgia, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to France, Turkey, Georgia, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia November 13 – 23. In Paris, the Secretary will meet with President Macron, Foreign Minister Le Drian, and other senior officials to build on our transatlantic work on economic and security matters, and on ... Read More»

Preserving an invaluable monastery in Georgia

The United States is providing more than half a million dollars to preserve a 1,500-year-old monastery in Mtskheta, Georgia. “Churches in Georgia play such an important role in history and culture and the society,” said U.S. Ambassador to Georgia  Kelly Degnan  on September 16. “The United States is very proud to be able to help Georgia preserve ... Read More»

Honoring U.S. military veterans each November

November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States. Americans usually plan parades, ceremonies and tributes to those who have served, and are currently serving, in the U.S. military. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans will observe Veterans Day 2020 somewhat differently. Edinburg, Texas, for example, is holding a virtual parade, with photos of veterans, ... Read More»

U.S. urges partners to counter China’s foreign meddling

The Chinese Communist Party is challenging the free and open nature of democratic societies, a senior U.S. official says. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell warned October 30 that the CCP is conducting “covert, coercive, and corrupting” political influence activities worldwide, even as it denies foreign meddling and promises countries ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Security Alert for U.S. Citizens (November 9, 2020) Location: Major cities in Georgia, countrywide Event: Beginning today (November 9), the Georgian government will impose movement restrictions in major cities between the hours of 10pm and 5am in an effort to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please be aware that during the restricted time, the government will ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia (November 8, 2020) Location: Outside of the Central Election Commission in Tbilisi Event: A demonstration is taking place five minutes south of the U.S. Embassy along Aghmashenebeli Avenue. Police are using riot control measures against a large number of protestors.  Sporadic, short notice or unannounced rallies or protests ... Read More»

Statement by the United States Embassy and the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia

We call upon all Georgians who plan to exercise their right to assembly on 8 November to do so peacefully and with respect to COVID-19 precautions, and call on the Georgian authorities to assist in providing for such an environment. With regard to the ongoing electoral process, we encourage political parties to continue addressing allegations ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: In front of Parliament in downtown Tbilisi Event: Reports indicate that a demonstration may occur in front of Parliament in downtown Tbilisi on Sunday, November 8 at 3pm. Sporadic, short notice or unannounced rallies or protests may continue to occur throughout the country in response to the Georgian parliamentary elections. U.S. Government personnel have been advised ... Read More»

A trans-Atlantic awakening to the China challenge

U.S. and European Union officials are increasingly recognizing and working closely to counter threats posed by the Chinese Communist Party. U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell on October 23 launched the new U.S.-EU Dialogue on China. Their aim is to address risks posed ... Read More»

U.S. approves first treatment for hospitalized COVID-19 patients

U.S. innovators have developed an antiviral drug that can be used to treat patients hospitalized with COVID-19, part of America’s wide-ranging response to the global pandemic. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on October 22 approved Gilead Sciences’ antiviral remdesivir for adults and children older than 12 who are under hospital care for COVID-19. Remdesivir ... Read More»

On the 41st Anniversary of the U.S. Embassy Takeover in Tehran

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Forty-one years ago today, Ayatollah Khomeini’s followers broke into the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took more than 50 U.S. diplomats hostage.  For the next 444 days, the Iranian regime tormented these brave Americans and their families who did not know if they would ever see their loved ones ... Read More»

U.S. provides training to prevent atrocities

The United States is highlighting its commitment to prevent, mitigate and respond to atrocities globally. “When we say ‘Never again,’ it must mean more than words,” said Denise Natali, assistant secretary of state for Conflict and Stabilization Operations at a September 16 event hosted by the U.S. Institute of Peace. “It must mean taking clear ... Read More»

Iran’s war on diplomats

When radical Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran 41 years ago and held dozens of American diplomats and embassy employees hostage, they violated international diplomatic norms and precipitated U.S. economic sanctions against Iran. While the students released 14 hostages after a short time, they did not free 52 other Americans for well over ... Read More»

U.S., allies pledge to cooperate in space exploration

The United States and its international partners are ensuring that future space exploration is peaceful, sustainable and beneficial to all. On October 13, the United States and seven other nations signed the Artemis Accords, guiding principles for NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024. ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Georgia’s Parliamentary Elections

The U.S. Embassy welcomes the high voter turnout during yesterday’s parliamentary elections and applauds the people of Georgia for their dedication to democracy even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands of responsible election workers and professional observation groups around the country deserve recognition and thanks for their work supporting voters’ right to be heard through the ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia (November 1, 2020)   Location: Near Parliament in downtown Tbilisi Event: Reports indicate that a demonstration may occur near Parliament in downtown Tbilisi today (Sunday, November 1) at 4pm following the official announcement of parliamentary election results. U.S. Government personnel have been advised to avoid areas with a ... Read More»

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

A free press is essential to an informed citizenry.  A vigorous press can, for instance, expose corruption, shine a light on human rights abuses, and provide the public essential information during crises.  In many places, journalists fulfilling this necessary role risk attacks by authoritarian regimes and criminal organizations seeking to clamp down on press freedom and freedom of expression.  More than 1,500 journalists have been killed worldwide since the turn of the century, and in more than 85 percent of cases, the killers ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy’s election monitoring teams joined local and international observers to monitor voting in communities across Georgia

Today the U.S. Embassy’s election monitoring teams are joining local and international observers to monitor voting in communities across Georgia. Ambassador Degnan observed precincts in Marneuli and Mtskheta. Other U.S. diplomats are in cities across western, central, and eastern Georgia. “So far today we have met many motivated Georgian voters and dedicated poll workers who ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan visited OSCE’s International Election Observation Mission

“Georgia pledged to strengthen its election system and meet international standards when it joined the OSCE, and we are very interested to see how the OSCE will evaluate the impact of those efforts in today’s election,” announced Ambassador Degnan during a visit to the offices of OSCE’s International Election Observation Mission. OSCE and it’s Office ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan visits Public Movement Multinational Georgia and the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy

For more than six months, the United States has been working with Georgian non-governmental organizations to prepare for today’s election, with the goal of parliamentary elections that are free, fair, transparent, and trusted by the Georgian people. Today, Ambassador Degnan visited the headquarters of two of those organizations, Public Movement Multinational Georgia (PMMG) and the ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media in Marneuli

Q-n: how would you assess the election environment today? Ambassador Kelly Degnan: Gamarjoba! I am very happy to be here in Marneuli as an election observer. It’s good to see people coming out to vote, people wearing masks. [Speaking Georgian] These elections are very important for Georgia, calm environment and free election for people is ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan visited two polling sites in Marneuli

After meeting with hard-working officials at the Central Election Commission, Ambassador Degnan observed voting at two polling sites in Marneuli. “It is up to the Georgian people to decide who they want to govern their country. The United States does not have a favorite candidate, or a favorite party. We will work with any party ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at CEC

Q-n about the visit to CEC on Election day Ambassador Kelly Degnan: Gilotsavt, [speaking Georgian] these elections are very important for Georgia, a calm atmosphere, and a free election for people is most important [end of Georgian]. I am here at the Central Election Commission because this group has organized this election today, they are responsible ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: In front of Parliament along Rustaveli Avenue in downtown Tbilisi and throughout Georgia Event: Georgia will hold parliamentary elections today (Saturday, October 31), which may generate pedestrian and vehicle traffic at polling stations throughout the country. A large rally is scheduled in the afternoon in front of Parliament along Rustaveli Avenue in downtown Tbilisi; ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan to travel throughout Georgia to observe election process

“It’s an exciting day for the Georgian people! The freedom to choose your leaders through fair elections is absolutely fundamental to a true democracy.” Ambassador Degnan commented as she met this morning with just some of the Embassy staff coordinating the work of our observation teams traveling throughout Georgia to observe today’s election. “The United ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Conference of Judges

The U.S. Embassy is disappointed in the Judiciary’s rushed decision to hold its Conference of Judges today in the shadow of significant national elections. Important decisions with long-lasting consequences such as filling High Council of Justice vacancies should be taken deliberately, with sufficient transparency and time for consultations and participation by a broad range of ... Read More»

USTR GSP statement

U.S. trade preference programs such as the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) provide opportunities for many of the world’s poorest countries to use trade to grow their economies and climb out of poverty. GSP is the largest and oldest U.S. trade preference program. Established by the Trade Act of 1974, GSP promotes economic development by ... Read More»

United States Sanctions Entities Related to Iran’s Petroleum Industry

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States will continue to prevent the Iranian regime from using the Iranian people’s natural resources to fund terror and support oppression.  Yesterday, the Department of State, Department of the Treasury, and Department of Justice took important actions to constrain the regime’s oil and petrochemical sales.  The Justice ... Read More»

This Week in Iran Policy

“Instead of using its natural resource wealth to improve living conditions for the Iranian people, the Iranian regime prefers to pawn its oil to fund the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and support its terror proxies as they sow chaos and destruction around the Middle East. We will not let that happen.” – Secretary ... Read More»

U.S. campaign songs stir the public imagination [video]

Music and politics have been closely linked throughout U.S. history, with songs that promote candidates (or attack their rivals) dating back more than 200 years. Those songs have often reflected the bruising nature of  U.S. campaigns , which Stuart Eizenstat — a U.S. diplomat and former White House domestic affairs director for President Jimmy Carter — once ... Read More»

Nations urge China to end human rights abuses

The Chinese Communist Party’s human rights violations are drawing international outcry. Dozens of countries demand the CCP end its mass internment of Uyghurs and other abuses. In an  October 6 joint statement to the United Nations , 39 countries fault the CCP’s increasing number of “gross human rights violations” against ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang province and the regime’s authoritarian behavior in ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Freedom Square in downtown Tbilisi Event: A large scale political rally is scheduled for today (Thursday, October 29) at 6 pm at Freedom Square in downtown Tbilisi. Anticipate heavy traffic congestion and street closures in the evening. As the Georgian parliamentary election will take place on Saturday, October 31, other sporadic rallies or protests ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Election Support Factsheet

Georgians fought for their freedom, just like Americans did. This shared love of freedom and democracy is at the heart of our strategic partnership with Georgia.  The freedom to choose your leaders through fair elections is fundamental to a true democracy. So what has the United States done to help Georgia conduct free and fair ... Read More»

Iran-backed Houthi Attacks Against Saudi Arabia

We condemn yesterday’s attacks by the Iranian-backed Houthis against Saudi Arabia.  These attacks were launched indiscriminately towards Riyadh, and risked the lives of innocent civilians, including Americans.  For years, Saudi Arabia has endured these types of reckless attacks and for the past week, these attacks have occurred almost daily.  This irresponsible escalation coincides with the ... Read More»

OAS: Elections in Venezuela will not be free and fair

The Organization of American States General Assembly passed a resolution October 21 declaring the illegitimate Maduro regime’s December 6 elections in Venezuela will be fraudulent. “We all know there is more work to do to uphold our hemisphere as a hemisphere of freedom,” Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said October 21 during his virtual ... Read More»

Promoting women in science and tech boosts prosperity

The United States, Japan and the Republic of Korea are committed to promoting opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), including computer science, to advance equality and economic growth. U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Kelley E. Currie said that tackling the persistent challenge of underrepresentation of  women in STEM  is vital to improving societies. ... Read More»

U.S. advances quantum computers to tackle global challenges

U.S. innovators are developing new computers to help solve the world’s most pressing problems. Do you need to know whether this year’s crop yields will provide enough food? What if an airline wants to quickly adjust routes to avoid severe storms and prevent delays? Quantum computers have the power to analyze and calculate data faster ... Read More»

In historic contact, NASA spacecraft touches asteroid

A NASA spacecraft touched an asteroid with a robotic arm, a first-ever achievement for the agency that may offer a glimpse into the early solar system. NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft  extended its robotic arm and touched Bennu  on October 20, taking samples from the ancient asteroid currently located 321 million kilometers from Earth. NASA says ... Read More»

Nobel Prize shines light on U.N. work to end hunger

The United Nations’  World Food Programme (WFP) has won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its work fighting hunger, preventing the use of hunger as a weapon during war and paving the way for peace in conflict areas. WFP’s Executive Director David Beasley said the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s October 9 selection of the WFP for the coveted ... Read More»

Strict U.S. Army rules allow for religious freedom

As the U.S. military becomes more diverse, its rules and regulations are expanding to reflect the United States’ commitment to religious freedom. Kanwar Singh, a devout Sikh, sought to enlist in the U.S. Army in 2014. In keeping with his religious faith, he wanted to maintain a beard and wear a turban. At the time, ... Read More»

U.S. launches new center to fight human trafficking

The U.S. government is committed to ending human trafficking and is launching a new center dedicated to combating this horrific crime. “Human trafficking is modern-day slavery,” said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf on October 20 at the launch of the Center for Countering Human Trafficking. “There is no other way to say it.” ... Read More»

Venezuelans protest for teachers and basic services

Venezuelans continue protesting the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro, demanding the restoration of basic services and better treatment for teachers. In one week, from the end of September to the beginning of October 2020, 233 protests swept the country, from rural towns to cities such as Caracas. There were an additional 113 protests across 24 ... Read More»

U.S. global vaccine distribution saves lives

The United States’ support for the worldwide distribution of vaccines has saved countless lives and laid the groundwork for distributing a future COVID-19 vaccine. Through international partnerships like the vaccine alliance Gavi and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Calls with Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Aliyev

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev separately. Secretary Pompeo pressed the leaders to abide by their commitments to cease hostilities and pursue a diplomatic solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict under the auspices of the OSCE ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan meets with NDI representatives

NDI’s recent findings noted wide support for Georgia’s electoral reforms as contributing to a more diverse and politically balanced legislature, but also reported shortfalls identified by civil society regarding abuse of administrative resources, voter intimidation, and politicized justice. Senior NDI leaders and election analysts discussed the latest report on Georgia’s electoral framework with Ambassador Degnan ... Read More»

Memorandum of Understanding on Anti-Semitism

On October 22, 2020, Dr. Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa of the King Hamad Global Centre for Peaceful Coexistence and Elan S. Carr, the U.S. Department of State Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism, signed a memorandum of understanding on anti-Semitism in Washington, D.C.  The document outlines goals to eradicate anti-Semitism and promote respect and peaceful coexistence between Arab ... Read More»

International Religious Freedom Day

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Twenty-two years ago today, the United States enacted the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act, reaffirming our commitment to promote and defend the fundamental right to religious freedom for all people everywhere.  Born of the vision of America’s founders, our government understood that an individual, irrespective of their religion or ... Read More»

Guidance for U.S. tech aims to stop misuse by repressive regimes

The United States has issued new guidance to help companies ensure their security technologies are not co-opted by repressive regimes and used to violate or abuse human rights. The  new guidance  provides companies with precautions to consider before selling certain technologies and offers recommendations to mitigate the risk of human rights violations or abuses when sales go ... Read More»

U.S.-Armenia-Azerbaijan Joint Statement

The text of the following joint statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, the Republic of Armenia, and the Republic of Azerbaijan on October 25, 2020.  Begin Text:  Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov met with Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun on October ... Read More»

OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Statement

The text of the following joint statement was released by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on October 25, 2020.  Begin Text:  Washington D.C., 25 October, 2020 – The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America) released the ... Read More»

Proclamation on United Nations Day, 2020

Today, on the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN), we celebrate its commitment to peace and security, prosperity, human rights, rule of law, and development.  The victorious Allies conceived the UN in the ashes of two devastating world wars, welcoming all nations to join together to ensure peace and promote economic prosperity.  As a ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – Drop your ballots at the Embassy by noon on Friday, October 23

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW! Dropboxes are available at the public entrances to the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi and if you choose to drop off your ballot, it must be in a dropbox by noon on Friday, October 23. Dropoff is possible starting at 8:30 am. Place your ... Read More»

USAID supports the right of all people to participate in democratic elections and political processes

USAID supports the right of all people to participate in democratic elections and political processes. Along with our partners at the International Republican Institute, we encourage everyone to get out and vote on October 31! Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Sam Brownback on religious freedom

To mark International Religious Freedom Day, ShareAmerica spoke with the U.S. State Department’s Sam Brownback, ambassador at large for international religious freedom. Here are his answers, slightly edited for length, to our questions: Q: Why is defending freedom of religion an objective of U.S. diplomacy? A: With more than 80 percent of the world’s population living ... Read More»

China’s development projects export environmental devastation

The People’s Republic of China’s state-owned companies are destroying the environment in countries around the world, one corrupt infrastructure project at a time. The PRC is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases and mercury pollution and the leading consumer of illegal wildlife and timber products. And the PRC’s state-owned companies are exporting the Chinese ... Read More»

How vaccines work

As people worldwide await approval of one or multiple COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S., it’s important to understand how vaccines work. Several vaccine candidates against the novel coronavirus have shown promise in animal studies. Now, clinical trials are underway to find out if these same  vaccines are safe  and effective in humans. Vaccines 101 “Vaccines work by training ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Throughout Georgia, including Freedom Square in downtown Tbilisi  Event: A motor rally by European Georgia (AOP) is expected today (Wednesday, October 21) throughout Georgia. The rally will impact downtown Tbilisi and will peak near Freedom Square today at approximately 8pm. Anticipate traffic congestion.  U.S. Government personnel have been advised to avoid areas with a large police ... Read More»

U.S. empowers women to create lasting peace and security

The U.S. empowers women around the world through the United States Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS Strategy). In 2017, the U.S. government signed into law the  Women, Peace, and Security Act , becoming the first nation to enact a comprehensive law to promote women’s participation in conflict prevention and peace training. This whole-of-government approach to advance women’s meaningful ... Read More»

Why is the Chinese Communist Party afraid of ghosts?

Who doesn’t like a good scary movie? Or a tale of adventure that spans the dimensions of time and space? The Chinese Communist Party routinely censors movies, newspapers, television and social media within China that criticize its repression in Tibet, its crackdown in Tiananmen Square and, of course, its censorship. But why would the CCP ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan discusses importance of protecting journalists during election period

“It is always important to ensure the safety of journalists. Journalists play a vital role in every democracy by keeping the public informed. This is especially true during the Parliamentary election period and when their work is made even more challenging by the COVID pandemic,” Ambassador Degnan told local civil society representatives during a briefing ... Read More»

Iran’s regime must stop persecuting the Baháʼí [video]

The Iranian regime has persecuted the Baháʼí religious community since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Members of the Baháʼí faith are arrested on false charges, such as “engaging in espionage.” Baháʼí students are prohibited from attending universities. The regime’s constitution  does not recognize the Baháʼí faith , even though the Baháʼí community is one of the largest religious minority groups in Iran. ... Read More»

The United States Imposes Sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong Persons for Activities Related to Supporting the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The international community has long recognized that the Iranian regime uses the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) to transport proliferation-sensitive items intended for Iran’s ballistic missile and military programs.  A provision of UN Security Council Resolution 1929 mandates vigilance when doing business with IRISL and entities owned ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy donates walking aids for disabled people in Mtskheta-Mtianeti

As the United States marks Disability Awareness Month, the U.S. government remains committed to the social inclusion of people with disabilities at home and abroad. To contribute to social inclusion in Georgia, today, the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC), through its Humanitarian Assistance Program, handed over walking aids for use by disabled people ... Read More»

U.S. supports Indo-Pacific partners in COVID-19 fight

The United States is delivering 100 American-made ventilators to Bangladesh as part of the two countries’ growing cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 and other challenges. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun announced the delivery during his October 12–16 visit to Bangladesh and India in support of two critical and long-standing U.S. alliances. “The United ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan meets representatives of Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary

A truly independent, transparent, and accountable judiciary is the foundation of every healthy democracy and the U.S. Embassy continues to work closely with Georgians on strengthening its judiciary. Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan met with representatives of the USAID-supported Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary, comprised of civil society organizations that play an important ... Read More»

Global humanitarian aid has never been more important [video]

The United States is the world’s largest single donor of humanitarian assistance. When more than 168 million people need humanitarian assistance and protection, every country has a responsibility to help. COVID-19 has created the need for even more help and made that help harder to deliver. Watch this video to learn more. Read More»

Scientists who identified hepatitis C among U.S. Nobel winners

U.S. researchers’ contributions to the discovery of the hepatitis C virus paved the way for new testing and treatments that have saved millions of lives worldwide. On October 5, two Americans received the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their efforts fighting the disease. Americans Harvey J. Alter and Charles M. Rice’s efforts ... Read More»